Genius Cliques: Mapping out the Nobel Network

Combining Network Science, Data Visualization, and Wikipedia to uncover hidden connections between all the Nobel laureates.
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Genius Cliques: Mapping out the Nobel Network
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Inspiring Scientists in and out of the Nobel Circle

Building the Nobel Network

Figure 1. Nobel Network. The network of Nobel laureates with at least one connection, based on the cross-references between their Wikipedia pages. Each node corresponds to a laurate, edge widths measure the number of cross references, and node size is proportional to the total view count of their Wiki pages. Color encodes the disciplines they were awarded (in the case of multiple different awards, a color was picked at random from the awarded disciplines). Nodes with the highest view counts are labeled.
Figure 1. Nobel Network. The network of Nobel laureates with at least one connection, based on the cross-references between their Wikipedia pages. Each node corresponds to a laurate, edge widths measure the number of cross references, and node size is proportional to the total view count of their Wiki pages. Color encodes the disciplines they were awarded (in the case of multiple different awards, a color was picked at random from the awarded disciplines). Nodes with the highest view counts are labeled.

The Nobel Network’s Lessons

Figure 2a. Zoom-in of Figure 1, focusing on the clique in sciences.
Figure 2b. Zoom-in of Figure 1, focusing on the clique in humanities.

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