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"Maths Meets Myths" (MMM or "Mythematics") is a research project that started with funding from the Leverhulme Trust in 2011. It has pioneered investigations into network structures in ancient and medieval epic narratives. The first paper is the most downloaded in the history of the European Physical Society’s flagship journal, featuring in “highlights of the year” and elsewhere. Publications, magazine articles and books followed, triggering global interest including in TV, radio, newspapers and online, reaching millions of people. Further funding came from the European Science Foundation and the EU's FP7 and H2020 programmes. The impact from the project arises from creative mergers of Maths Myths & Metrics (MMM). MMM impacted widely and deeply on society and culture, igniting interests which lay dormant to public awareness for centuries. E.g., it sparked protests against misappropriation of mythology in Ireland where recent selection of a colonial, neo-classical statue overwrites cultural authenticity. MMM triggered poetry, art, music, collaborative street performances, community events, a partition signed by hundreds of people and multiple and repeated media activities citing the research. This website documents some of that impact.
 

Academic papers are listed here.

The Ossianic network is here

 

General News

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  24 January 2018
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MMM MMM 5-minute, 39-second interview on RTE1 radio (the show has 423,000 listeners per day)
Morning Ireland is the breakfast news programme broadcast by RTÉ Radio 1 in Ireland and is noted as that country's most listened to radio programme.
 
  9 December 2017
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MMM MMM I was honoured to be named for a second time as one of the "trailblazers and trendsetters' of the ``Global Irish''.
The Irish Post is the biggest selling national newspaper for the Irish community in Great Britain.
 
  3 December 2016
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MMM I was honoured to be named as one of the "trailblazers, creators, groundbreakers and trendsetters" of "The Irish in Britain 2016" by the Irish Post. These include people born in Ireland, with one or both parents born in Ireland, with grandparents or more distant Irish roots but who identify with Ireland, born in Britain with Irish heritage who have returned to live in Ireland or "honorary Irish" with no Irish connection but identify or have worked on bahalf of the Irish community. About 600 people were selected includig 24 in the "Educators, Teachers, Professors, Academics & Charity" sector.
The Irish Post is ``a trusted brand for over four decades in Britain'', which ``now reaches a global audience through its weekly newspaper; website irishpost.co.uk and social media channels.''
 
  27 February 2017
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MMM I am very pleased to see this article in a newspaper from my home-town (Athlone).
The Westmeath Independent is an Irish regional weekly newspaper with 34,024 readers.
 
  14 November 2016
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MMM Another article in the Times about our book. The Times has a Circulation of 446,164.  
  14 November 2016
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MMM Article in the Times about our book. The Times has a Circulation of 446,164.  
  2017
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Our book, Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives, is published. Springer (Springer Nature) is a global publishing company that publishes books, e-books and peer-reviewed journals in science, technical and medical (STM) publishing. Book publications include major reference works, textbooks, monographs and book series.  
  7 October 2017
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In an interview on the programme "Tomorrow", on the Ukrainian radios staion Skovproda, Professpr Yurij Holovatch mentions our work. is published. Skovoroda is a Ukrainian radio station. The program, named "Tomorrow" was about about the future of science.  
  10 December 2014
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Video about our work on CU research website. Within a week, this video became the most watched ever on CU's Research YouTube channel (It had 450 views in the first week.) By end of 2017 it has 1,339 views.  
  23-26 May 2014
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Collaboration with LAS Theatre to create a show at The Mysteries Festival in Coventry. The concept, termed "The Enlightenment Café", is science communication through theatre. This show was about the evolution of ideas and creativity. Three research groups from Warwick and two from Coventry were invited to contribute. The award winning LAS Theatre do their shows in collaboration with scientists and science institutions. They create worlds in which the science is the centre piece and which allows audiences to discuss and play with what they learn. We did 6 shows over 3 days, reaching a local audience of hundreds. The event was covered by local media including the Coventry Telegraph here.  
 
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Impact by the Institute of Condensed Matter Physics in Lviv. The Institute for Condensed Matter Physics (ICMP) of the NAS of Ukraine is the scientific research centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, affiliated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy of NAS of Ukraine.  
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News and impact from our ACS on Ossian

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  29 October 2016
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MMM Article in the Irish Post about our paper on Ossian. The biggest selling national newspaper for the Irish community in Britain. It has a circulation of 2,000.  
  26 October 2016
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Reporter David Lankner ran a 900-word article on our work. The printed version of this article appeared in Magyar Nemzet. Magyar Nemzet is a major Hungarian newspaper published in Hungary. The paper had a circulation of 64,209 copies in 2009, making it the fifth best-selling daily in the country.  
  22 October 2016
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Online report by journalist Lorna Siggins. Scottish bard Ossian 'fabricated' from Irish mythology. A daily broadsheet Irish paper with a circulation of 90,633.  
  21 October 2016
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MMM Article in Old Moore's Almanac about our work on Ossian. Old Moore's Almanac has been published for over two and a half centuries - since 1764. The circulation of the hard copy is around 47,000, with most sales achieved in Athlone, Dublin, Galway and Cork.  
  21 October 2016
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MMM Article in the Times about our paper on Ossian. The Times has a Circulation of 446,164.  
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  21 October 2016
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MMM Article in the Independent about our paper on Ossian. Audited sales for 2016 show The Independent's daily sale at 225,516.  
  21.10.2016
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MMM Article in the Express about our paper on Ossian. The Daily Express has a circulation of 391,626.  
  21.10.2016
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Article in the the Daily Mail's ``This is Money'' about our paper on Ossian. The 'Homer of the North' was a literary HOAX: Scientists reveal Ossian's works were copies of 12th-century Irish tales.. This is the online financial arm of the Mail and multiple 'financial website of the year' winner.  
  21.10.2016
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Article in the Scotsman about our paper on Ossian. Scotland’s epic Ossian poems 'stolen from Ireland'.. The Scotsman has a print circulation of 19,449, with a paid-for circulation of 88.3% of this figure, about 14,000. Scotsman.com websites, has 97,200 visitors a day.  
  21.10.2016
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Article in Deadline News by Annie Butterworth. Scotland’s epic Ossian poems 'stolen from Ireland'.. One of Scotland's leading agencies serving content to national newspapers, magazines and online press.  
 

News and impact from our EPJB on Icelandic sagas:

Date Logo News Item Notes
  2 June 2016
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Reporter Philippa Skett ran 300-word report on our work titled "Using network science to uncover the truth behind bloodshed, battles and conflict in the Sagas of Icelanders". Phys.org has 2 million readers per month. and 1.4 million "likes" on Facebook.  
  01 June 2016
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Physics World commissioned us to write an article on Math Meets Myths. The article was published as Physics World Volume 29, Number 6 (June 2016) pp. 22-27. Our article features on the front page. It is also available here. Physics World is the monthly magazine of the Institute of Physics and has 110,000 readers.  
  28 March 2016
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Our work is featured in an article ``Physicists at the Gate: Collaboration and Tribalism in Science'' by Veronique Greenwood for Undark magazine. Undark is an editorially independent digital publication based at the Knight Science Journalism Program in Cambridge, MA, USA. The program is headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its Program in Science, Technology & Society, a division of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. Undark has 1,724 Twitter followers  
  11 March 2016
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Honourable mention in a report about a lecture by Professor Yurij Holovatch in the Ukrainian portal ``ZBRUCH''. ZBRUCH is a Ukrainian news website.  
  04 March 2016
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Our work features on a blog from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina, which brings together graduate-course material for "Social Network Analysis". The Universidad Nacional del Sur is the largest national university in southern Argentina.  
  Spring 2016
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Our work is required reading in the University of Oslo where it is required for the History course HIS2143 about the Viking age run by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History. The university is the oldest and largest in Norway, ranked 58 in the world and the third best in the Nordic countries.  
  03 February 2016
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Honourable mention in Preface to Journal of Physics: Conference Series special issue titled ``New trends in Computer Simulations in Physics and not only in physics''. IOP Conference Series is the Institute of Physics proceedings journal.  
  04 November2015
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The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ran a full page article, ``Die Netze der Helden und Täter'', about our work. It is also available as a pdf here, with photo here. FAZ is the German newspaper with the widest circulation abroad, read in 148 countries every day. The 2007 circulation of the daily was 382,499 copies. The article we written by Silvio Dahmen (mit Hilfe der Ressortleiter der FAZ, Herrn Müller-Jung).  
  24 October 2015
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Article in Nereye ``Veriler Teorisi Ve Iskandinav Destanlarinin Kahramanlari'' (Theory of Heroes from Scandinavian Saga Data). Nereye is a turkish magazine of concernmed with archaeological and cultural tours. I couldn't find readership data but their Facebook site has 25,000 followers.  
  23 April 2015
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Networks Workshop: Applying Network Science to Humanities Resources This was a workshop instigated by Dr MacCarron and organised by Dr Justin Tonra. Speakers were Prof. Kenna, Dr Padraig Mac Carron and Joseph Yose. The event was highly successful (oversubscribed and with participants coming from as far as Cork).  
  09 February 2015
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The European Physical Society blogged about our EPJB paper on the sagas of Iceland. This is only the third ever blog by the EPS about a paper in an associated journal. The other two were a review in 2014 and our EPL on mythology in 2012.  
  16 December 2014
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Springer Physics (who publish EPJB where one of our mythology papers appeared) tweeted about our video. In an e-mail they said ``Just watched it - great!.'' They have 5,357 followers on Twitter. Springer also made the article free to view for 2 months.  
  12 December 2014
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The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics posted about our video on Facebook and on Twitter. They said ``Thanks for the video. It’s great! We’ve posted it on our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages and favorited it on YouTube.'' They hav 9,255 followers on Facebook and 3,580 on Twitter.  
  10 December 2014
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The Leverhulme Trust (who funded our mythology research) tweets about our video. In an e-mail they said ``It’s a great little video. I’ll be sure to circulate it within the Trust, and also share it via social media.'' They hav 7,202 followers on Twitter.  
  10 December 2014 THE Coventry university place video about our work on its research website. The video is the most watched video ever on CU's Research YouTube channel – and it’s only been released for a week! (It had 450 views in the first week.)  
  15 July 2014
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Social networks can help us understand Viking mythology : Article in the Verge about our work by Veronique Greenwood. The Verge has over 635,000 followers on Twitter and 536,000 likes on Facebook. This article gained over 1,000 Facebook likes in under a week and over 500 tweets.  
  23-26 May 2014 THE Collaboration with LAS Theatre to create a show at The Mysteries Festival in Coventry in May 2014. The concept, termed "The Enlightenment Café", is science communication through theatre. This show was about the evolution of ideas and creativity. Three research groups from Warwick and two from Coventry were invited to contribute. The award winning LAS Theatre do their shows in collaboration with scientists and science institutions. They create worlds in which the science is the centre piece and which allows audiences to discuss and play with what they learn. We did 6 shows over 3 days, reaching a local audience of hundreds. The event was covered by local media including the Coventry Telegraph. It was also reported on in Broadway World.  
  18 July 2014 THE Facebook for VIKINGS: Experts create social network for characters in Icelandic sagas: Article in the Daily Mail about our work. The Daily Mail has a circulation of 1,708,006 and a readership of 3.951 million. They have over 100 million unique visitors per month to their website.  
  21 January 2014 THE Vikings - They're Just Like Us! Social Networks in Norse Sagas : Article about our work in Nautilus. Nautilus is a newsletter and blog and publishes a new chapter of feature stories on its monthly theme, every Thursday.  
  January 2014 THE Statistical Analysis of ancient Texts Paints Vikings as Social networking Pros : Article about our work in Prime Insight. Prime Insight is the leading professional recruitment consultancy for the Insights, Data Analytics and Market Research Sectors.  
  11.01.2014 China vikings may have been more social than savage: Article about our work in China Suppliers News This is a UK Based China Sourcing company. They provide Western service, quality and ethics sourced at China costs.  
  03.10.2013 THE Un programme informatique pour decrypter la civilisation viking: Article in Culture Urbaines by Benjamin Chapon. Culture Urbaines is a French cultural magazine. The website has 4,376,000 readers per day.  
  07 January 2014 THE Vikings and superheroes: How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories: Article about our work. Science Daily has 3.5 million visitors per month.  
  01/10/2013 THE Research suggests Vikings more social than savage : Article about our work in Marq Review. Marq Review - el mundo de la arqueologia y los museos  
  07.01.2014 THE Vikings and Superheroes: How Interconnected Characters May Reveal the Reality Behind the Stories : Article about our work in E! Science News. E! Science News has the latest & breaking science news articles, continuously updated from all major science news sources around the web.  
  07.01.2014 THE Vikings & superheroes: How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories: Article about our work. Online newspaper  
  07.01.2014 Pittwater Online News Vikings and superheroes: How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories: Article about our work. Australian online newspaper  
  08.01.2014 THE Are 'brave and romantic' Viking tales of Norse people true?: Article about our work. Sify Movies is the 3rd largest IP VPN service provider in India.  
  07.01.2014 THE Vikings and superheroes: How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories (Link removed after 2 months.) Online newspaper  
  08.01.2014 THE Are 'brave and romantic' Viking tales of Norse people true?: Article about our work. Yahoo Lifestyle India is an online newspaper.  
  08.01.2014 THE Are 'brave and romantic' Viking tales of Norse people true?: Story by Machan Kumar. IMDb claimes to be the number 1 movie website in the world with > 190 million unique monthly visitors.  
  January 2014 THE How Interconnected Characters May Reveal the Reality Behind the Stories of Viking Sagas : Magazine feature. Heritage Daily is an independent online news and academic magazine, dedicated to the archaeology, heritage and history of the world.  
  18.12.2013 THE Viking sagas: Six degrees of Icelandic separation Social networks from the Viking era: Article about our work. Wiley Online Library.  
  08.01.2014 THE Vikings & Superheroes: How Interconnected Characters May Reveal the Reality Behind the Stories: Article about our work. AlphaGalileo is an independent source of breaking news for the media.  
  07.01.2014 THE Vikings and superheroes: How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories : Feature in Phys.Org about our work. Phys.Org has 1.75 million readers per month.  
  19.12.2013 THE Viking sagas: Six degrees of Icelandic separation Significance Magazine (Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association) runs a front-page feature on our work for the 10th anniveraty of their magazine and in the International Year of Statistics. circulation = 28,000 (Members of both the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association receive Significance.  
  25.12.2013 THE Vikings: Savages or Social Butterflies? (YSM) : Elena Malloy Yale Scientific Magazine article about our work. Yale Scientific Magazine is the USA's oldest college science publication. Its circulation is about 2,000  
  26.11.2013 THE Mathematical modeling and humanities : Artem Korsun's article (in Russian) about our work in Pro science(Russia) This website publishes political news and commentary daily, as well as keeping close to the pulse of Russia’s intellectual life. Polit.ru, whose articles are outstanding among Russian internet sites for their quality, hosts Russian social thinkers, historians, philosophers, NGO activists, journalists, and economists.  
  26.11.2013 THE Die sozialen Wikinger : Article about our work by Andreas Knudsen, Kopenhagen in Neues Deutschland (Germany). Neues Deutschland is a socialist daily newspaper in GErmany with a circulation of 48,811.  
  11.10.2013 THE Vikingos tenían más cualidades sociales y comunicativas que salvajes, concluye estudio : Illustrated article (in Spanish) about our work. El Periódico CR (Costa Rica) has 10,000 readers per week.  
  07.10.2013 THE Social Vikings Recreated as Epic : Article by Igor Crane about our work (in Russian. webscience.ru (Russia)  
  02.10.2013 THE Research suggests the Vikings may have been more social than savage : Article by the Bip Team about our work. The Business Information Portal is a business publication in the West Midlands of the UK  
  06.08.2013 THE Os gregos já curtiam uma comunidade : Nelson de Sá reports on our work in Observatório da Imprensa . Observatório da Imprensa is a Brazilian website for television and radio programs.  
  12.02.2013 THE Suzanne Scala reports for the Doreen B. Townsend Centre for the Humanities (University of California, Berkeley) : Article about our work. The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities encourages an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fosters innovation in research, and promotes intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines. It is committed to enriching the existing wealth of intellectual resources at Berkeley.  
  01.10.2013 THE Víkingarnir voru félagslyndir: Sverrir Vilhelmsson reports for Iceland's Morgunblaðið. Morgunblaðið (The Morning Paper) has as of circulation 50,000 to 55,000 in Iceland.  
  15.10.2013 THE The Vikings also "hang" on social networks : Article by Igor Booker in Pravda (Russia)about our work. Pravda has a circulation of 100,000.  
  02.10.2013 THE Ancient sagas show Vikings more social, less warlike: Article in Arab Today about our work. Arab Today is an English news and lifestyle website. With award-winning and specialist correspondents posted around the world’s major cities and support from professional news agencies - Reuters, UPI and Agence France-Presse - Arab Today has the world covered.  
  03.10.2013 THE Vikingii - o societate sălbatică Şi brutală? O nouă teorie clatină acest stereotip: Article about our work in Descopera (Romania). Descopera (Discovery) is a Romanian science magazine  
  04.10.2013 THE Matematikusok kutatták a viking társadalmat: Article about our work in Mukti Kor (Hungary). Mult Kor is a Hungarian science portal.  
  06.10.2013 THE Les Vikings, plus sociables et moins sauvages qu'on ne le pensait?: Morgane Henry reports on our work for Gentside Découvertes (France). Gentside Découvertes(France) for plant sciences, health technologies and more.  
  06.10.2013 THE Vikings were "Real People" and Not Just Marauders, New Analysis of their Social Networking Shows: The New Observer Article about our work. The New Observer is a free and independent news service designed to present current affairs without the spin of the controlled media.  
  03.10.2013 THE Study: Vikings were sociable, not savage: Article about our work. Iceland.is - the official gateway to Iceland  
  04.10.2013 THE The violent Vikings? Saga research reveals warriors were friendlier than previously thought: BBC News report by Sarah Griffiths. BBC News for up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories.  
  04.10.2013 THE The violent Vikings? Saga research reveals warriors were friendlier than previously thought - but flared up over small disputes: Article by Sarah Griffiths in the Daily Mail about our work. The Daily Mail has a circulation of 1,708,006 and a readership of 3.951 million. They have over 100 million unique visitors per month to their website.  
  02.10.2013 THE Ancient Sagas Show Vikings More Social, Less Warlike : Article about our work. Personal Liberty Digest (USA) had (on this date) 786,000 likes on Facebook  
  03.10.2013 THE Vikings May Have Been Social, Not Savage : Article by Nemurenay about our work. Laboratory Equipment is an international resource for the laboratory equipment industry. They have a circulation of 66,420 and a readership of 110,000 (lab managers, supervisors, scientists, engineers, etc.).  
  01.10.2013 THE Research suggests Vikings more social than savage : Article about our work on History News Network (George Mason Uni). History News Network has more than 11,000 weekly subscribers; 1.5 million page views per month; more than 300,000 unique visitors per month; and over 7.6 million hits per month.  
  04.10.2013 THE Vikings were more social than savage : Article about our work. Business Standard (India) has a circulation of 217,000. The website attracts 1.5 million unique visitors every month.  
  03.10.2013 THE Viking society was more civilised than previously believed: study : Article about our work in Pakistan's Daily Times. The Daily Times is an English-language Pakistani newspaper.  
  01.10.2013 THE The Sagas of the Icelanders May Not be Myth After All : An article in "Before Its News". "Before Its News" has over 5,000 visiors at any given tim.  
  08.10.2013 THE Les Vikings, plus sociables qu'on ne le pensait : French rticle about our work. Midi Libre (a French daily newspaper) has a circulation of 168,312.  
  03.10.2013 THE Research suggests the Vikings may have been more social than savage : Magazine feature. Heritage Daily is an independent online news and academic magazine, dedicated to the archaeology, heritage and history of the world.  
  01.10.2013 THE New study suggests Viking society was more civilized than previously believed : Eric Pfeiffer's article in Yahoo News. As of November 2014, Yahoo News ranked second among global news sites.  
  01.10.2013 THE Ancient sagas show Vikings more social, less warlike : Staff writers at Terra Daily report on our work. Terra Daily has a global audience of decision makers.  
  03.10.2013 THE Study: Vikings were Sociable, not Savage : Article in the Iceland Review. Iceland Review is the longest running magazine presenting Iceland, in continuous print since 1963. Iceland Review includes features on Iceland’s nature, culture, society, politics and business as well as photographs.  
  02.10.2013 THE Vikings were more social than savage : Article in Zee News Zee News is an Indian news and current affairs channel.  
  02.10.2013 THE Vikings may Have Been More Social than Savage : Norwegian article about our research. The Nordic Page is the only printed English-language newspaper in Norway. It is published once a month with full-color pages. It has a circulation of 3,000.  
  02.10.2013 THE Statistical analysis of ancient texts paints Vikings as social networking pros : Article by Liat Clark Wired News (UK) has a monthly circulation = 49,377.  
  02.10.2013 THE V iking histories and physics : Interview on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Shane o'Connor Show Audience share = 6.1%  
  01.10.2013 THE Vikings may have been more social than savage: Article about our work. Science Daily has 3.5 million visitors per month.  
  01.10.2013 THE Research suggests the Vikings may have been more social than savage : Feature in Phys.Org about our work. Phys.Org has 1.75 million readers per month (scientists, researchers, and engineers).  
  01.10.2013 THE Viking Society Contained Vast Social Networks : Article about our work in Nature world News Nature world News  
  01.10.2013 THE Research Suggests The Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage: Article by Alton Parrish. The Daily Journalist  
  01.10.2013 THE The Vikings Were More Social Than Savage, Says Research : Article in FINNBAY about our work. FINNBAY(Finland) has a print circulation of over 15,000.  
  01.10.2013 THE Ancient sagas show Vikings more social, less warlike : United Press International (UPI) UPI has 2,281,179 unique visitors per month  
  01.10.2013 THE Breaking Stereotypes: Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage : Article about our work. Eurasia Review is an independent journal and think tank that provides a venue for analysts and experts to disseminate content on a wide-range of subjects that are often overlooked or under-represented by Western dominated media. It has 10,000 subscribers, 50,000 daily pageviews, 2 million monthly pageviews.  
  01.10.2013 THE Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage : Article about our work in the Daily News (USA). Circulation = 516,165 daily  
  01.10.2013 THE Research suggests the Vikings may have been more social than savage: Article about our work. The Alpha Galileo Foundation is an independent source of breaking news for the media.  
  01.10.2013 THE Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage: Article about our work. (This received over 1,000 Facebook "likes2 and over 100 tweets.) Science Daily has 3.5 million visitors per month.  
  01.10.2013 THE Academic research suggests the Vikings may have been more social than savage : Coventry University issues a to do with our paper on Icelandic sagas.  
   
 

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News and impact from our EPL on Anglo-Saxon, Greek and Irish mythology:

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  June 2013 Knuth We received this postcard from Donald Knuth, the famous computer scientist and inventor of TeX. Donald Knuth is a famous computer scientist and mathematician. He is the author of The Art of Computer Programming and has been called the "father of the analysis of algorithms". Knuth used to pay a finder's fee for any errors discovered in his books. These reward checks are among computerdom's most prized trophies. OK, ours is not one of these, but we value it highly nonetheless.  
  16 October 2012 THE Pádraig Mac Carron won the Ede and Ravenscroft prize for Coventry University. Ede and Ravenscroft provide ceremonial robes for all occasions and sponsor important educational projects, prestigious awards and prizes. These include awards for outstanding academic achievement, as in Pádraig's case.  
  March 2013 THE Our paper becomes the most downloaded ever from EPL. EPL is Europe's flaghip physics journal.  
  31 May 2013 THE "Loudly" report (in Ukrainian) on the Physics Meets Humanities Lectures RK was one of three invited speakers for this exciting interdisciplinary event in Lviv.  
  31 May 2013 THE Report on the Physics Meets Humanities Lectures in Russian and Ukrainian News from Ukraine  
  26.07.2012 THE Report on our work on Albanian TV station: Rrjetet sociale, si poemat epike Top Channel is an independent national television in Albania  
  31 May 2013 THE Press Release from the Ivan Franko Universlity on the Physics Meets Humanities Lectures The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv is the oldest continuously operating university in Ukraine and one of the oldest in Europe. It is located in the historic city of Lviv in Lviv Oblast of western Ukraine.  
  April 2013 THE Applying Math to Myth Helps Separate Fact from Fiction, SIAM News, Volume 46, Number 3, April 2013 The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences. It has over 13,000 individual members and 500 institutional members.  
  2012 THE Our mythology paper has been selected to be included in the EPL Highlights of 2012. "This collection celebrates the most influential research published in the journal from the last 12 months, and will be promoted in print and online for the next 12 months." EPL is the flagship publication of the European Physical Society. which has 41 national Member Societies, representing over 120,000 members.  
  22 Feb 2013 THE Plexus Institute interview with Pádraig and discussion hosted by June Holley. The Plexus Institute (USA)designs, leads and participates in research projects to explore new approaches to quality improvement, organizational change, and system development.  
  13 November 2012 THE Article by Jaroslav Petr Jak poznat pravdu skrytou ve starých mýtech? (How to tell the truth hidden in the old myths?)in Věda a technika mládeži (Young Science and Technology; ) Věda a technika mládeži is a Czech magazine with circulationof 40,000.  
  October 2012 THE Se Aquiles usasse o Facebook...: A report on our work from Brazil (in Portuguese). R7 is a news and entertainment portal in Brazil.  
  01 September 2012 THE Myth and Math: Article in theIrish Post by Mal Rogers. The Irish Post has a circulation of 2,000. It is a weekly newspaper for the Irish in Britain.  
  08 September 2012 THE Se Aquiles usasse o Facebook...: Feature in New York Times (translation of article to Portuguese). The New York Times (Sunday edition) has a circulation of 1,492,307.  
  10 September 2012 THE If Achilles Used Facebook: Literary Societies' Historicity Article in The National Herald (USA) The National Herald (USA) has a circulation is over 80,000.  
  08 September 2012 THE The Social Networks of Myths - If Achilles Used Facebook...: Feature in New York Times. The New York Times (Sunday edition) has a circulation of 1,492,307.  
  02 August 2012 THE Interview on Quentin Cooper's show Material World. We start about 13 minutes into the programme. The station's record weekly audience is 10.5 million. No specific figures are available for specific programme airings but the average is around 2.5 million.  
  01 August 2012 THE Athlone man behind maths study which sheds light on myth: Feature by Deirdre Verney in the Westmeath Independent. The Westmeath Independent is an Irish regional weekly newspaper with 34,024 readers.  
  01 August 2012 THE Interview: The social networks in epic poems: Interview with Taylor Quimby, Word of Mouth, on New Hampshire Radio (USA). 161,100 listeners  
  01 August 2012 THE Sociální sítě v eposech naznačují: Achilles možná existoval National Geographic (Czech) The Czech version of National Geographic has a readership of 368,000. (Globally National Geographic has a circulation of 8.2 million.)  
  31 July 2012 THE Epics as Facebook: Feature in Popular Mechanics (in Russian). Popular Mechanics is a Russian magazine.  
  31 July 2012 THE Ist Beowulf klarer als Shakespeare?: Feature by Jürgen Langenbach in Die Presse (Austria). Die Presse has 350,000 readers daily.  
  27 July 2012 THE Deciphering myths into legends: Feature in stuff.co.nz by science writer John Bohannon. New Zealand's stuff.co.nz is a news website for Fairfax newspapers incl. The Dominion Post & The Press. It has 4.9 million unique browsers (monthly) 379,553 unique browsers (daily).  
  29 July 2012 THE Can an equation find out whether a subject is suitabkle for risk-free levity?: Our work is mentioned in a blog by David Mitchell in Comment is Free, from the guardian newspaper (UK). There are 2.8 million unique visitors per day to the The Guardian newspaper's site  
  27 July 2012 THE : Feature by Robert Czepel in the Science website of ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk). ORF is the Austrian national broadcasger. Thi article had 403 unique visitors by 03.08.2012. We were later also mentioned in another article".  
  25 July 2012 THE Twee wetenschappers hebben de sociale netwerken achter enkele oude epische verhalen vergeleken met netwerken uit de echte wereld: Feature by JPK in KIJK Wetenschap-Technologie-Maatschappij-Historie magazine (Netherlands). KIJK Wetenschap-Technologie-Maatschappij-Historie magazine (Netherlands) has a circulation of 51,834.  
  27 July 2012 THE With Beowulf Beating Richard: Feature in The Sydney Morning Herald by Matt Buchanan and Scott Ellis. The Sydney Morning Herald has 766,000 readers.  
  26 July 2012 THE Aseguran que personajes de la mitologia realmente pudieron exister: Feature by the Equipo de Ciencia in Venezuela's Version Final. Version Final (Venezuela) has a daily circulation of 120,000 and 33,000 internet hits per day.  
  26 July 2012 THE Study finds numbers add up in Irish epic: Feature by Genevieve Carbery in the Irish Times. The Irish Times has 3.9 million unique browsers per month.  
  25 July 2012 THE Physicists study the classics for hidden truths: Article in Heritage Daily Heritage Daily is an independent online magazine for archaeological and associated disciplines, dedicated to the heritage and historical sector.  
  Materia THE Las redes sociales de la 'Ilí ada' son mÁs reales que las de 'Harry Potter' : Report by Miguel Ángel Criado in Materia (in Spanish). Materia is a Spanish science newspaper with 185,000 monthly unique users (70 percent in Spain and 30 percent in Latin America) and more more than 43,000 followers on Twitter.  
  25 July 2012 THE Fiery dragon myth beats Harry Potter for realism : Article in the Times by Tom Whipple, Science Correspondent (Times, No. 70634, page 17). The Times has a circulation of 400,000 and a readership of 1,314,000.  
  25 July 2012 THE v: Our work is dicussed in a blog by John Sutherland in Comment is Free, from the guardian newspaper (UK). There are 2.8 million unique visitors per day to the The Guardian newspaper's site  
  25 July 2012 THE Greek myth more realistic than Shakespeare: Article in the Daily Telegraph by Nick Collins - Science Correspondent, 25 July No. 48881. The Daily Telegraph has a daily circulation of 574,000, corresponding to a readership of 1,426,000. Their website has 8,582,452 unique visitors.  
  24 July 2012 THE Homer's Facebook Suggests Iliad is True: Feature by Tom Jacobs in the Pacific Standard (USA). The Pacific Standard newspaper has a circulation of 110,330.  
  24 July 2012 THE Using Social Networks to Analyze the Classics - Harry Potter is fictional, but Achilles and Beowulf perhaps not: Report by Joel N. Shurkin for Inside Science News Service. Inside Science News Service is a news service, so feeds material to other outlets - i.e., to editors and journalists.  
  24 July 2012 THE Is mythology like Facebook: Feature by scienc writer John Bohannon for Science magazine. Science has a circulation of 129,000 and a readership of one million people.  
  23 July 2012 THE Physicists study Homer's Iliad and other classics for hidden truths: Feature in Science Daily (USA). Science Daily (USA) has 1,040,800 unique visitors.  
  25 July 2012 THE Physicists study the classics for hidden truths: Press release by the Institute of Physics. The IoP have had had very few press releases for papers. In fact ours was the first! 86,204 unique visitors. The  
 

Further news and impact from our EPL included the following:

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  24 July 2014 Knuth Phys.org: Physicists study the classics for hidden truths, via IoP. 82,890 unique visitors.  
  25 July 2012 THE Science 2.0 (USA): What The Iliad Can Tell Us About Science 2.0 And Networks 76,121 unique visitors  
  24 July 2012 THE Free Republic (USA): 'Myths' Are More Plausible than Fiction Free Republic - The Premier Conservative Site on the Net! 644,037 unique visitors  
  24 July 2012 THE Science Codex (USA): Physicists(!) study the classics for hidden truths, via IoP Science Codex (USA) had 86,692 unique visitors.  
  25 July 2012 THE News Track India: Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories  
  25 July 2012 THE India4u.com: Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories 1,446 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories 104,001 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE Yahoo! India News: Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories 167,251 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE Webindia123.com: Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories 3,179 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE Why Beowulf and Iliad are more plausible than Shakespeare's stories 3,642,482 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE LabSpaces.net (USA): Physicists study the classics for hidden truths, via IoP 6,226 unique visitors  
  25 July THE Red Orbit (USA): Physicists study the classics for hidden truths, via IoP. 1,253,492 unique visitors.  
  25 July 2012 THE e! Science News (Canada): Beowulf, Shakespeare and the plausibility of fiction | John Sutherland, via Guardian 26,828 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.it (Italy): Social network come poemi epici La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.it (Italy) 217,040 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE ANSA.it: Social network come poemi epici 2,989,089 unique visitors  
  25 July 2014 THE Science Newsline (USA): Physicists Study the Classics for Hidden Truths, via IoP 10,426 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE l'Unita (Italy): Relazioni social network simili a quelle poemi epici 655,294 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE Tiscali (Italy): Nei Social Network relazioni simili a quelle dei poemi epici di Omero Tiscali (Italy) 3,277,270 unique visitors  
  25 July 2012 THE ANSA.it: Nei social network come nei poemi di Omero 2,989,089 unique visitors  
  26 July 2012 THE ECN (USA): Physicists study the classics for hidden truths, via IoP 5,032 unique visitors  
  8 September 2012 THE Padraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna: If Achilles Used Facebook... : Article about our work on History News Network (George Mason Uni). History News Network has more than 11,000 weekly subscribers; 1.5 million page views per month; more than 300,000 unique visitors per month; and over 7.6 million hits per month.  
  2012 THE We are mentioned in the Annual Report of the Italian Physical Society. The Italian Physical Society was founded in 1897 and is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote, encourage, protect the study and the progress of physics in Italy and in the world.  
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Further impact is gathered below...

Outlet/Blog Item Blogger/Author Details
Ciência e tecnologia saúde Digest (Spain) Physicists estudar os clássicos de truths 23 July 2012
Io9 (one of the top 30 science blogs according to The Times) How Ancient Epics are Just Like Modern Social Networks Tim Barribeau 25 July 2012
Rogue Classicism On the Plausibility of the Iliad and Social Networks? David Meadows 25 July 2012
Patheos Was the historical Jesus on Facebook James F. McGrath 25 July 2012
Saol Eile (Ireland) Mythology as Social Network July 2012
Origo (Hungary) Matematikailag igazolták az Iliász valóságalapját Szegö Iván Miklós 25 July 2012
Tiscali (Italy) Nei Social Network relazioni simili a quelle dei poemi epici di Omero Redazione Tiscali 25 July 2012
Ikub.al (Albania) Rrjetet sociale, nderveprime si ato te poemave epike 25 July 2012
Bio Portfolio Physicists study Homer's Iliad and other classics for hidden truths 25 July
Regator Physicists study the classics for hidden truths 25 July
Just Sports Beowulf, Shakespeare and also plausibility 25 July 2012
Vita.gr (Greece) Realistic Iliad 25 July 2012
Classical Greek and Latin Discussion Group Characters in myths and social networks Lampros F. Kallenos 25 July 2012
Threedonia.com (blog) "...but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter" Floyd 26 July 2012
Poetry Foundation Scientists Think Homer's Iliad is Based on Real People and Events Harriet Staff 26 July 2012
Dienekes' Antropology Blog The social network of the Iliad is highly realistic Author 26 July 2012
Brandywine Books I sing of Beowulf's cousins Lars Walker 26 July 2012
Index (Hungary) Valóságos a mítoszok közösségi hálózata 26 July
Crayon Gratia Crayon Gratia">Physicists study Homer's Iliad and other classics for hidden truths from Science Daily 26 July
Austrian Economics and Literature Social Networks and Epics Troy Camplin 26 July 2012
Info arkiv (Albania) A është e vërtetë Iliada e Homerit? 27 July 2012
Stuff, geeky stuff (Australia) Social networks and Beowulf Doug Moncur 27 July 2012
Friatider (Sweden) Beowulf och Illiaden har sannolikt verklig bakgrund Publicerat 28 July
Teacher's Weekly Physicists study the classics for hidden truths adapted from IoP 28 July 2012
Vodafone News E se Omero avesse il profilo Facebook? Social network in letteratura simili ai poemi epici Olimpia Bartalini July 2012
Atlantis Online Physicists Study Homer's Iliad and Other Classics for Hidden Truths from IoP report 29 July
Latin Discussion Physicists study Homer's Iliad and other classics for hidden truths 29 July
Daily News America Books Blog Beowulf vs. Shakespeare: which is more realistic? Wathira Nganga 30 July 2012
Grenz wissenschaft-aktuell + shortNews.de (Germany) Facebook-Vergleich wirft neues Licht auf den wahren Kern alter Mythen 31 July 2012
Foundation for Celtic Studies Stichting A.G. van Hamel voor Keltische studies News Staff
Tendencias Informáticas (Spain) Comparan literatura y redes sociales para saber si las obras cuentan la verdad Patricia Pérez 01 August 2012
ancient Tides Key Myths Have Behavioral Links to Real World Gregory LeFever 06 August 2012
Fluid Druid http://www.thefluiddruid.com/wp/?s=kenna&themedemo=&btn_search= Chase Hasbrouck 06 August 2012
Archaeology UK Physicists study famous historical myths for hidden truths 06 August 2012
Media Mediorum: Lectures Graphes des réseaux sociaux dans les oeuvres littéraires Lionel Tabourier 07 August 2012
Scientific American Humanities aren't a science. Stop treating them like one Maria Konnikova + 33 comments 10 August
Newsodrome (USA) Harry Potter is fictional, but Achilles and Beowulf -- perhaps not Physics Buzz 10 August (21,801 unique visitors)
Why Evolution is True A Sci Am essay: Are humanities scientific? Jerry A. Coyne + 109 comments. Note - this is a reaction to Konnikova's "humanities" blog. 14 August 2012
Scientific American Reclaiming the sacred gift: A postscript on humanities and science Maria Konnikova + 7 comments 16 August 2012
Netplexity Myths and Networks Tim Evans 21 August 2012
Academia.edu Textual problems with mathematical assessments of relationship networks in medieval literature (Why the numbers don't add up in Táin Bó Cúailnge) Denis Casey 31 August
Past Horizons: Adventures in Archaeology Physicists study famous historical myths for hidden truths from IoP + 10 comments + 263 Facebook 'likes' + 18 tweets
Paste Magazine The hero's journey ... into madness Laura straub 04 September 2012
Leisure Guy Social networks as a window into literature Leisure Guy 09 September 2012
Cornell University Mythological Networks Networks Blog 10 September 2012
Wired Science Blogs Social Networks and Mythology Samuel Arbesman 11 September 2012
Nexalogy Unraveling Old Texts Through Social Network Analysis Stowe Boyd 14 September 2012
Brothers Judd Friending Homer: If Achilles Used Facebook... Orrin Judd 15 September 2012
Plexus Institute Social Network Analysis Finds Truth in Myth - Plexus Institute by Prucia Buscell 20 September 2012
Walk In Life Postami, o Diva, del Pelide Achille i "mi piace" molesti che infiniti ban addusse agli Achei... Meri Greis 29 August 2012
Archeostoria La verita nascosta nei miti Nicola August 2012
Fotocamp Illiade e Odissea in chiave Social August 2012
Tsisss@PUT Mitologia niczym Facebook Lukasz Mocek November 2012
Endeavour Social networks in fact and fiction John D. Cook 12. April 2013
AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM! Viking Social Networks and Viking Social Networks (both in Russian) 26.11.2013
Pacarina del Sur Cultura y complejidad - Un acercamiento jeraírquico Jesuís Mario Siqueiros-Garciía
ZTFNews.org Mitología y matemaíticas 27.07.2012
PaperBlog Social Networks Among the Vikings Bbenzon 22.11.2013
Mathematical Association of America Analysis of Social Networks Gauges Historicity of Myths
Círculo Atenea Los vikingos eran tan salvajes? 18 November 2013
SCA Today Mathematics used to measure sociability of the Vikings 22 November 2013
Asatru Update Scholars Study Saga Social Networks Steve McNallen 07 January 2014
Viking Archaeology Blog (University of Oxford) Network theory and the heroes of Icelandic sagas David Beard 10 January 2014
Medievalists.net Can Statistics show if the Icelandic Sagas were true? AUTHOR 07 January 2014
crazychucks.com Vikings superheroes How interconnected characters may reveal the reality behind the stories Phys.Org 06.01.2014
Tierra Saga Can Statistics show if the Icelandic Sagas were true? AUTHOR 08.01.2014
Archaeology in Europe News Network theory and the heroes of Icelandic sagas David Beard January 18, 2014
Archaeology Network News Research suggests Vikings more social than savage Tann 08.01.2014
A teaching resource or lecture Teaching Digital Humanities with Analog Tools: The Iliad and Networks Kalani Craig (Medieval Historian) 03.12.2013



 

 

Early impact of the project... :

Date Item
  March 2011
Pádraig won the Best poster prize at MECO 36 in Lviv (there were 120 posters)
 
  March 2011
In August 2010 Leverhulme ran an article in Leverhulme's magazine highlighting the grant they have awarded us (page 7).
 
 
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