Progress in the physics of complex networks
1 IMT, Institute for Advanced Studies, Piazza S. Ponziano, 6, 55100 Lucca, Italy
2 London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, South Street 35a, Mayfair London, UK
3 ISC-CNR, Dip. Fisica“Sapienza”, Università di Roma, P.le A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy
4 Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy.
Many studies are still necessary to model and understand how to improve the robustness of infrastructural networks, but it is fair to say that in the smaller and more connected world that is expecting us in the near future, the science of networks will stand as a necessary tool to tame the complexity of systems around. Complex network theory provides a completely new and interdisciplinary way to describe quantitatively a variety of systems only known in a qualitative fashion. This interdisciplinary feature is evident in this special issue where are reported applications spanning from biology to economics describing catalytic reactions as well as trade between nations or business relationships amongst different financial institutions.
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