Rethinking How Pandemics Spread

From A View From The Cave Thu Feb 28 2013, 11:30:00

Modern pandemics spread like this video you see below.

The rather random spread is actually much more direct that it appears at first view. What happens when you use a shortest path tree rather than a map?

The Atlantic covers the genesis of this reframing by theoretical physicist and professor of complex systems at Northwestern University, Dirk Brockmann.

"That made me think about, 'what is it that makes these different simulations be so much in agreement?'"Brockmann says. All of those other factors seemed to play little role. "My hypothesis was that much of it is driven by the structure of these mobility networks."

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!

Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...