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Hi Tad,

From where do you infer that "mathematicians tend to almost completely
ignore Harary's work (also
his purely mathematical contributions)"?

In my restricted knowledge, I've never seen any major book on Graph
Theory not citing Frank Harary.

Best,

--Moses

On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM, "Tadeusz SozaƄski"
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> Dear Mason and fellow Socnetters
>
> It was interesting to read  Frank Harary's recent bio and to learn from it
> that  mathematicians tend to almost completely ignore Harary's work (also
> his purely mathematical contributions) oriented toward 'social'
> applications, as well as his ties (by the way, can someone reconstruct
> Harary's ego-network -  restricted to collaborators in the social
> sciences?) with the circle of researchers who worked (in Ann Arbor,
> Michigan) under the banner of 'Group Dynamics' (the 2nd edition of the
> collection of papers  so entitled, ed. by Cartwright and Zander, has
> Cartwright and Harary's paper: 'Structural Balance: A Generalization of
> Heider's Theory').
>
> Harary's mathematical biography should at least mention his first paper on
> 'signed graphs' ('On the Notion of Balance of a Signed Graph', Michigan
> Math. Journal, 1953), which was the basis for the paper with Catrwright.
>
> Let me mention in this connection Harary's two other contributions to SNA
> that are not included in the bibliography in Freeman's  book ('The
> Development of SNA', 2004), namely, 'Cosi fan tutte: a Sstructural Study',
> Psychological Reports 13, 1963; 'A Structural Analysis of the Situation in
> the Middle East in 1956', J. of Conflict Resolution, 1961. The second
> paper inspired me to carry out (in my unpubished Ph.D. thesis on signed
> graphs) a similar analysis (a signed graph as a model of friendly-hostile
> relation in a set of nation-states) for Falklands conflict.
>
> On my meeting with Harary in London during the 1995 Sunbelt - see section
> 12 (pp. 17-19) of my unpublished paper [Once More on Translating
> INSNA...), the 'strangest paper I have ever written' that is available on
> my personal website in the file delingua.pdf
>
> http://www.cyf-kr.edu.pl/~ussozans/delingua.pdf
>
> Tad Sozanski
> www.cyf-kr.edu.pl/~ussozans/
> (see Miscellanea for the 'strangest paper').
>
>> Hi,
>> I just noticed that my favorite online source for mini-biographies added
> an entry for Frank Harary last month (and I thought that some of you might
>> be interested in this):
>>        http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Harary.html
>> This does focus on his mathematical side, given the intended audience
> for
>> the biography, but hopefully you'll still find it interesting.
>> -----
>> Mason
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>>   Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
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