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Weak Links: The Universal Key to the Stability of Networks and Complex Systems / Edition 1
     

Weak Links: The Universal Key to the Stability of Networks and Complex Systems / Edition 1

by Peter Csermely
 

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ISBN-10: 3540311513

ISBN-13: 9783540311515

Pub. Date: 05/12/2009

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

How can our societies be stabilized in a crisis? Why can we enjoy and understand Shakespeare? Why are fruitflies uniform? How do omnivorous eating habits aid our survival? What makes the Mona Lisa’s smile beautiful? How do women keep our social structures intact?—Could there possibly be a single answer to all these questions? This book shows that the

Overview

How can our societies be stabilized in a crisis? Why can we enjoy and understand Shakespeare? Why are fruitflies uniform? How do omnivorous eating habits aid our survival? What makes the Mona Lisa’s smile beautiful? How do women keep our social structures intact?—Could there possibly be a single answer to all these questions? This book shows that the statement: "weak links stabilize complex systems" provides the key to understanding each of these intriguing puzzles, and many more besides. The author, a recipient of several distinguished science communication prizes, explains weak or low probability interactions, and uses them as connecting threads in a vast variety of networks from proteins to ecosystems. This unique book and the ideas it develops will have a significant impact on diverse, seemingly unrelated fields of study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540311515
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Frontiers Collection Series
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How the Links Were Formed.- A Principle is Born: The Granovetter-Study.- Why do we Like Networks?.- Network Stability.- Weak Links as Stabilizers of Complex Systems.- Atoms, Molecules, Macromolecules.- Weak Links and Cellular Stability.- Weak Links and the Stability of Organisms.- Social Nets.- Networks of Human Culture.- The Global-Web.- The Eco-Web.- Conclusions and Perspectives.

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