4 December 2012 to 15 January 2013
"Networks: A Very Short Introduction" Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro Very Short Introductions 136 pages | Approx 12 black and white illustrations The book may be found at the OUP website. Here is a short description: - 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 From ecosystems to Facebook, from the Internet to the global financial market, some of the most important and familiar natural systems and social phenomena are based on a networked structure. It is impossible to understand the spread of an epidemic, a computer virus, large-scale blackouts, or massive extinctions without taking into account the network structure that underlies all these phenomena. In this Very Short Introduction, Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro discuss the nature and variety of networks, using everyday examples from society, technology, nature, and history to explain and understand the science of network theory. They show the ubiquitous role of networks; how networks self-organize; why the rich get richer; and how networks can spontaneously collapse. They conclude by highlighting how the findings of complex network theory have very wide and important applications in genetics, ecology, communications, economics, and sociology. Readership: Curious general readers, undergraduates, and prospective students of mathematics and the sciences.