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Scale-Free Networks: Complex Webs in Nature and Technology (Oxford Finance) Hardcover – June 21, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0199211517 ISBN-10: 0199211515

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  • Series: Oxford Finance
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199211515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199211517
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,880,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A resource to provide a foundation of the basics of scal-free networks"--CHOICE

About the Author

Guido Caldarelli
Associate Professorship (Primo Ricercatore) National Institute for Condensed Matter
Dipartimento di Fisica,
Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

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Guido Caldarelli (1967) was born in Rome, the same city where he earned a
degree in Physics in 1992. After receiving his PhD at SISSA Trieste in 1996,
he spent several years in Manchester and Cambridge as a Post-Doctoral
researcher. Once having returned to Italy, Guido became a Senior Researcher
at the Italian National Research Council. He is currently Associate
Professor of Theoretical Physics at IMT Lucca. He has worked in the area of
self-similarity (Fractals) in Statistical Physics and is presently working
on Complex Networks. Outside of his research, he loves reading (everything)
and considers himself an amateur cultivator of decorative plants. He also
loves listening to music, and is a fan of Dire Straits, U2 and the Rolling

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on January 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a welcome fix to a gap in the complex network literature. It is sufficently detailed to enable the
reader to enter into research in the field, but does not assume any technical background knowledge. It is divided into two parts: the first gives an overview of the theory of complex networks; the second, a collection of applications from different areas of academia.

The author is a leading researcher in the field, and because of this many of the applications are the subject of current research. The book does not attempt to be exhaustive, which is one of its strengths: it is a highly readable and fascinating survey of the more exciting aspects of complex networks. The book will likely be taken up as one of the standard undergraduate textbooks in the field.

Finally, I note that Caldarelli makes use of an amusing literary device: the first sentence of each chapter is an adaptation of a first sentence from a famous book. While this will provide mirth for most readers, it seems to have confounded one reviewer.

For example:

Foundation by Isaac Asimov: His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before.

Caldarelli: His name was Leonard Euler and he was just a country boy who had never seen Königsberg before.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.

Caldarelli: You don't know about graphs without you have read the previous chapter; but that ain't no matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele Catanzaro on January 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is an ideal starting point for entering in the field of complex networks. The text is written in such a way that a broad public, including readers without a strong mathematical background, can learn the basic ideas and tools of the field.

In the first part of the book, the core concepts and procedures are reviewed. In the second, a large set of relevant real-world networks are described one by one, including networks in the cell, in finance and in technology, just to mention a few. This description is a precious repository of information for experts coming from other fields and looking for a fresh network perspective on their subjects of research.

The style of the book is highly didactic. It is structured in such a way that it can be read at several different levels, depending on the reader's interests and background. The language is clear and the tone is enjoyable, starting from the initial sentences of each chapter based on a literary citations (ranging from Dante Alighieri to Mark Twain). A remarkably valuable aspect is the thorough description of procedures, conventions and techniques that are customarily used by scientists in this field, but are not described in most texts. The treatment of methods like the representation of power laws, the binning of data, and several others ,is of great help for beginners, or experts coming from other fields.

Both students and researches approaching the complex network perspective would benefit from reading this accessible and complete presentation.
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