Just after 4 pm on Aug. 14, 2003, a massive power outage struck the Northeastern United States, shutting down lights, phone service, air conditioning and mass transit for more than 55 million people, including those across the New York tri-state area. Most did not get their power back for two days.
In early 2015, a widespread epidemic of Zika fever, caused by the Zika virus in Brazil, spread to other parts of South and North America. It also affected several islands in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. In January 2016, the World Health Organization said the virus was likely to spread throughout most of the Americas by the end of the year.
What do the these calamities have in common. And how do we prevent such catastrophes from plaguing us in the future? The answer lies in “network science,” and the man at the forefront of this monumental task for Israel is Dr. Baruch Barzel, a top researcher, physicist, applied mathematician and network specialist at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.
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