Melvil Dewey: The King of Classification

September 9th, 2010

Peruse the offerings in any of 200,000 libraries around the world, and you’ll see the footprint of one man: Melvil Dewey. Creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification, Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) was an education reformer, and took it upon himself to codify Francis Bacon’s knowledge structure with a set of numbers, and apply those numbers to [...]

Mapping the brain at IBM

July 30th, 2010

SpicyNodes is designed to match how our brains process information, but how does that really work? The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published Tuesday a landmark paper entitled “Network architecture of the long-distance pathways in the macaque brain” (an open-access paper) by Modha and Singh” “We have successfully uncovered and mapped the most comprehensive long-distance network [...]