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Networks: A Very Short Introduction

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

October 2012

ISBN: 9780199588077

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Networks are involved in many aspects of everyday life, from food webs in ecology and the spread of pandemics to social networking and public transport. This Very Short Introduction explores the basics of network theory to understand the science of complexity and its importance, using examples from nature, technology, and society, and history.

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Networks are involved in many aspects of everyday life, from food webs in ecology and the spread of pandemics to social networking and public transport. This Very Short Introduction explores the basics of network theory to understand the science of complexity and its importance, using examples from nature, technology, and society, and history.

  • Considers the basic elements of network theory and its applications
  • Uses examples from everyday life - from nature, technology, society, and history - to explain the basic theory
  • An engaging introduction for anyone trying to understand complex networks
  • Part of the bestsellings Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Guido Caldarelli, Professor of Theoretical Physics in the IMT Alti Studi Lucca and a member of Complex System Institute of the National Research Council, Italy, and Michele Catanzaro, Freelance journalist

Guido Caldarelli is Full Professor in Theoretical Physics in the IMT Alti Studi Lucca and a member of Complex System Institute of the National Research Council, Italy. He is the author of about 100 scientific papers and an expert of scale-free networks and self-similar phenomena, especially of the applications of network theory to evaluation of systemic risk in financial and economic systems. He has worked at the University 'Sapienza' in Rome, the University of Manchester, and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the textbook Scale-Free Networks (OUP, 2007).

Michele Catanzaro is a freelance journalist based in Barcelona, Spain. He collaborates with media in the UK (Nature, PhysicsWorld), Spain (El Periódico), and Italy (Le Scienze). He holds a PhD on Dynamics in Complex Networks by the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain). He has published several scientific papers in international journals and his work as a journalist has been recognized by three prizes in Spain.

Table of Contents

    1:A network point of view on the world
    2:A fruitful approach
    3:A world of networks
    4:Connected and close
    5:Superconnectors
    6:Emergence of networks
    7:Digging deeper into networks
    8:Perfect storms on networks
    9:All the world's a net. Or not?
    Further reading