10 good science books

As a follow-up to my post about ten papers that shaped my science, here are ten favorite books. I limit myself to science-themed books, I get inspired by fiction /other non-fiction too. 🙂 Schelling, Micromotives and Macrobehavior, 1978 Many of my fellow computational social scientists have read it (and those who haven’t already, definitely should). […]

10 fave papers

These are all paper that inspired me through my random walks in academia (with some emphasis on papers that deserve more attention). (It’s an updated version of a blog post from 2012.) 1. P Bearman, J Moody, R Faris (2002) Networks and history This paper blew my mind when I first read it. All of a sudden, […]

The man-machine battle moves beyond the board

Korea is, in general, a TV friendly country. Regular restaurants have sets continuously showing soap operas, news or reality shows. The surprise the last two days was that my lunch restaurants were showing a board game. Students all over campus were watching it too. Baduk (a.k.a. go) is a quite popular TV entertainment, but very […]

Great paper titles

This is a repost of something I wrote two years ago . . I was going to steal some new ones from paper-title connoisseur Sebastian Ahnert but changed my mind. As for other types of human-made stuff the name for a paper could be as important as the content. For movies I once had the theory that X! Y […]

Female pioneers in our field

Science is a man’s world. My field is not the most macho, but still it’s worth mentioning some unsung female pioneers. Working on our essay about simulation in social science, I learned about some I didn’t know of before: Helen Abbey—did the first computational epidemiology study as her Ph.D. thesis. It’s dated 1951 and was published […]