About this course:
- What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order its search results from the trillions of webpages on the Internet?
- Why does Verizon charge $15 for every GB of data we use?
- Is it really true that we are connected in six social steps or less?
This course is about exploring the answers, using a language that anyone can understand. We will focus on fundamental principles like “sharing is hard”, “crowds are wise”, and “network of networks” that have guided the design and sustainability of today networks, and summarize the theories behind everything from the social connections we make on platforms like Facebook to the technology upon which these websites run.