Social Networks in Early Aviation History

  • Francis Moon
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 22)


We describe a network of over 80 individuals and institutions covering the period of 1810–1910 from the time of George Cayley to the Wright brothers. This case study will provide examples of the importance of ’weak links’ and the role of what Gladwell calls ’Connectors’ such as Octave Chanute. We also describe in this chapter the use of an influence matrix and statistics of a Link-Node distribution curve.


Internal Combustion Engine Sand Pile Social Network Theory Wright Brother Aeronautical Journal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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