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Networks Illustrated

Principles without Calculus

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? These are just a few of the many intriguing questions we can ask about the social and technical networks that form integral parts of our daily lives. 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’s 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. Unlike other networking courses, the mathematics included here are no more complicated than adding and multiplying numbers. While mathematical details are necessary to fully specify the algorithms and systems we investigate, they are not required to understand the main ideas. We use illustrations, analogies, and anecdotes about networks as pedagogical tools in lieu of detailed equations. All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion.

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Instructors Christopher Brinton, Mung Chiang
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Language English
Subjects Programming Business IT & Networking
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Rating 4.0 based on 11 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jul 6 (7 days ago)
Cost $0
From Princeton University via Coursera
Instructors Christopher Brinton, Mung Chiang
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Business IT & Networking
Tags Computer Science Business Finance Computer Security And Networks

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