James Knight jlk at 3GECKOS.NET
Fri Nov 18 20:35:03 UTC 2005


...The topological concept illustrated by the 
Möbius strip and Klein bottle is that of 
connectivity. Connectivity was among the ideas 
formalized by the French mathematician 
Jules-Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) in 1895 in a 
series of papers called Analysis situs 
("Positional Analysis"). Poincaré was among the 
first to use the tools of algebra in topology. 
[CALVO, SHERRI CHASIN. "Topology: The Mathematics 
of Form." Science and Its Times: Understanding 
the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery. 
Eds. Josh Lauer and Neil Schlager. Vol. 5: 1800 
To 1899. Detroit: Gale, 2000. 203-205. 8 vols. 
Gale Virtual Reference Library. Thomson Gale. 
Trial Site Database. 18 November 2005]

The leap from graph theory to descriptions of 
electronic (read: internet) network analogs is no 
stretch, IMHO. Nothing in the hacker's glossary, however.


At 11:18 AM 11/18/2005, you wrote:
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       FRITZ JUENGLING <juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US>
>Subject:      connectivity?
>An email from our Technology Support Center:
>The District is experiencing intermittent Internet connectivity issues.
>We have are working on this issue and we will 
>send a follow up email once this has been resolved.
>I have never heard "connectivity".  Is this a 
>new invention?  Or am I just behind the times (again)?

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