Networks: An Introduction,

M. E.J.
Oxford U. Press
New York
, 2010. $85.00 (720 pp.). ISBN 978-0-19-920665-0

Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World,

Cambridge U. Press
New York
, 2010. $50.00 (727 pp.). ISBN 978-0-521-19533-1

The past decade has seen a proliferation of discoveries based on a new generation of large-scale datasets best captured by complex-network representations. Prominent examples are small-world phenomena in social systems and the scale-free nature of many biological and technological networks. Such discoveries, in combination with high-performance computing, have transformed the rapidly growing field of complex systems, formerly a more qualitative type of science, into a quantitative and predictive one. The research can be empirical, computational, or theoretical and spans a variety of scientific disciplines, including physics, biology, and other natural sciences, the social...

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