The Social Network, Hungary-style

October 30, 2013

For every Hungarian living in Greater Boston, there are about 4,000 non-Hungarians. Despite its small size, however, the Hungarian community has formed a tight social network, according to recent research from Distinguished University Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and Ancsa Hannák, a doctoral candidate in network science.

This small network expanded further by adding an extraordinary connection–Hungarian President János Áder. Along with a delegation of dignitaries from Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C., Áder visited with the local Hungarian science and medical researchers on Thursday [October 24, 2013] evening at Northeastern.

Hannák and Barabási, who has joint appointments in the College of Science and the College of Computer and Information Science, presented their work to the very community it addressed at the biweekly meeting of the Hungarian Society of America’s science club. The meeting was held in honor of President Áder, who was joined by Gyorgy Szapary, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary; Karoly Dan, consul general; and Gabor Garai, honorary consul general.

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