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Maths meets myths: Network investigations of ancient narratives

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Three years ago, we initiated a programme of research in which ideas and tools from statistical physics and network theory were applied to the field of comparative mythology. The eclecticism of the work, together with the perspectives it delivered, led to widespread media coverage and academic discussion. Here we review some aspects of the project, contextualised with a brief history of the long relationship between science and the humanities. We focus in particular on an Irish epic, summaris...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1088/1742-6596/681/1/012002

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
Institute of Physics Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Journal website
Volume:
681
Issue:
1
Pages:
012002
Publication date:
2016-02-05
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1742-6596
ISSN:
1742-6588
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uuid:13082139-53d9-4610-aaa3-7a69c6e0683a
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611257
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pubs:611257

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