McCormick Magazine

Spring 2010
Network U

In many ways much of the progress in science has involved taking something complicated — a cell, a machine, an organization — and breaking it down to understand its basic building blocks and how they work together. But what if an understanding of the parts (neurons in the brain, for example) does not lead to an understanding of the whole (human consciousness)? What if knowledge of an object didn’t come from an understanding of its parts but from an understanding of the connections among its parts? What if the object at hand is not just complicated but complex?


McCormick is published by the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University, for its alumni and friends.

Assistant dean, director of marketing: Gina Myerson
Managing editor: Kyle Delaney
Editor: Tom Fredrickson
Designer: Vickie Lata
Writers: Emily Ayshford, Kyle Delaney, Megan Fellman
Principal photographer: Andrew Campbell
Photography: Howard Passamanick Photography, Orange Photography

© 2010 Northwestern University. All rights reserved.