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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521879507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521879507
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent introduction book on the statistical mechanics approach of networks... I believe that this book has contributed another step in integrating the vast multi-disciplinary approaches in network science."
Laurent Tambayong, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

"... the book does a terrific and admirable job at putting some order into the wealth of research that has emerged during the last decade, providing an overview of the current state of the art, and guiding the reader to relevant sources of information. The impressive body of techniques and applications covered in the book gives a resounding answer to the critics, perhaps more convincing than the arguments at the book's end. This is a fantastic resource book on dynamical processes on complex networks, and its wide scope promises to keep it relevant for several years to come."
Daniel ben-Avraham, Journal of Statistical Physics

"... a very useful book that fills an important gap in the market of books on networks. I will be opening this book whenever I want to start modeling a dynamical process on a network."
Dr Tim Evans, Imperial College London for Contemporary Physics

"The book does a remarkably good job in getting to the mathematical foundations of dynamical processes and complex networks. Hence, it should belong in the bookshelf of any sociologist who is seriously interested in complex and dynamic networks. It gives a great overview of techniques in the field and provides the mathematical depth one wishes for in a manner sociologists can understand. In sum, the book has potential to become a reference like Wasserman and Faust (1994) and offers significant (technical) value to sociologists who seriously want to get into the mathematics behind dynamical processes and complex networks."
Thomas U. Grund, Universite de Montreal for Journal of Mathematical Sociology

Book Description

An in-depth account on the effect of complex connectivity patterns on dynamical phenomena, this book will interest graduate students and researchers in many disciplines, from physics and statistical mechanics to mathematical biology and information science. Its modular approach allows readers to easily access the sections of most interest to them.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Conover on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A clearly written, authoritative account of the mechanisms acting on complex networks, this book is indispensable to social scientists, physicists, web researchers, and biologists alike. The text is well-organized and provides a structured, rigorous introduction to network science in the first three chapters and continues into the theory of dynamical processes, phase transitions, robustness, synchronization phenomena, random walks, epidemic spreading and diffusion processes, opinion formation in social networks, traffic modeling and systems biology. Chapters begin with a strong case for the importance of each particular topic, and move quickly into lucid mathematical accounts of the respective processes and their statistical properties. Chapters frequently conclude with a philosophical bookend that outlines theoretical implications and future directions for the field. Another strength of this work is that it is structured in such a way that chapters can be utilized individually, each one acting a complete, comprehensive unit of knowledge.

This book is a definitive guide to understanding a wide range of dynamical processes on networks, and it's rigor and scope afford the reader a high degree of confidence in the material. The only caveat I might offer is that the text is technically dense, thoroughly covering a broad swath of science in just over 300 pages. The reader is presented with everything required to understand the concepts covered in each chapter, but I often found myself re-reading passages in order to fully understand the arguments and implications of the text. This aside, rest assured that the studious reader will find this to be a rewarding, thoughtful account of an important field of science, and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone whose work involves network analysis.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pierpaolo Vivo on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The new frontier of interdisciplinary research is the science of complex
networks, that provides the right mathematical framework to investigate the
statistical properties of many complex systems belonging to different fields
of study, from biology to economics, engineering and social sciences.

Several good books on complex networks have been recently published, but the
present one is the first focusing on the dynamical aspects of processes
taking place on networks.
Navigation and search on networks, traffic models, epidemic and rumors spreading,
synchronization phenomena, aggregation of information and consensus ...
these are examples of the kind of collective dynamics modern sciences are
interested in!!
This book provides a unique account of these topics, that combines a rigorous
scientific exposition with a very pedagogical attitude, and
continual connections to real-world systems.

Clearly written by leading researchers in the field, the book is intended to
the very broad audience of complex network scientists.
In my opinion, it is a compelling reading for students approaching this
research field and a perfect reference book for courses both at
undergraduate and PhD level.

Luca Dall'Asta and Pier Paolo Vivo- post-doctoral researchers in theoretical physics at ICTP -Trieste
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Qian Zhang on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book starts from the preliminary knowledge about networks to the descriptions and theoretical explanations of complex phenomena and dynamical processes on both physical and social networks, e.g., phase transitions, resilience, robustness, synchronization, diffusion, etc.; and ends with four chapters on applications of network models in diverse areas: epidemic spread, biological and ecological network, social phenomena or problems such as rumor/information spread, opinion formation and coevolution. Different from other books on complex networks, the book emphasizes dynamics of network models. For instance, in the chapter of epidemic spread, it analyzes phase transition in epidemic models, which is a little beyond the interests of most researchers in public health or infectious disease modeling. Besides, in terms of structure, it is well organized in contents, and readers with special interests could easily find related chapters.

Strictly speaking, this is not a textbook which usually aims to provide basic knowledge alone, though it covers most of the preliminaries about network in the first three chapters and related background knowledge in appendices. The book guides readers to think about networks from phenomena to brief but rigorous theoretical explanations to implications or directions; and to think in networks with plentiful examples of network models. It broadens the readers' views in complex networks by listing abundant references in almost all sections of the whole book, which makes a reader easily search representative works in his/her interested fields. In this sense, this book is a masterpiece to guide graduate students and researchers toward applying complex networks models and analysis methods to their own research fields.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June Zhang on August 3, 2014
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I wish there is a way to separately review the content of the book and the format of the book.

Book content: 5 stars. It's well-written and captures the big concepts of dynamical processes on networks.

Format: 3 stars for the KINDLE edition. I bought the kindle edition because I needed the book immediately for a followup video discussion. The equations and figure display fine. But I think the many links pointing to figures/equations/tables are distracting. Also, if the links take you to figures and tables on a different page, I did not find an easy way to quickly return to the page where I stopped reading to look at the figure. Lastly, I find it hard to get a sense of the overall organization the book from the KINDLE edition since I can't see how far each chapter is into the book. Buy the physical edition.
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