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Over the past decade there has been a growing public fascination with the complex connectedness of modern society. At the heart of this fascination is the idea of a social network. Understanding networks, the incentives they create, and the aggregate behavior they facilitate is vital to understanding topics as varied as how Google does web search and how Facebook became so popular. Part of Cornell's Sesquicentennial celebration, April 24-27, 2015.

Moderator: Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences.

Panelists: John Guare, playwright, "Six Degrees of Separation"; Duncan Watts PhD '97, author of "Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age" and principal researcher at Microsoft; Steven Strogatz, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics; Jon Kleinberg '93, Tisch University Professor of Computer Science; and Lars Backstrom, Engineering Director, News Feed and Infrastructure, Facebook.