Short works

Books : reviews

Sergey(Sergei) N. Dorogovtsev, Jose F. F. Mendes.
Evolution of Networks: from biological nets to the Internet and WWW.
OUP. 2003

We live in a world of networks, where everything is amazingly close to everything else. The notion of ‘network’ turns out to be central to our times: the Internet and WWW are changing our lives; our physical existence is based on various biological networks; we are involved in all-enveloping networks of economic and social relations.

Only in the 1990s did physicists begin to explore real networks, both natural and artificial, as evolving systems with intriguingly complex and effective architectures. Progress has been so immediate and astounding that we actually face a new science based on a new set of concepts, and, one may even say, on a new philosophy: the natural philosophy of a small world. Old ideas from mathematics, statistical physics, biology, computer science, and so on take on quite new forms in applications to real evolving networks.

• What is common to all networks?
• What are the general principles of the organization and evolution of networks?
• How do the laws of nature work in communication, biological, and social networks?
• What are networks?

This book, written by physicists, answers these questions and presents a general insight into the world of networks.

Sergey(Sergei) N. Dorogovtsev.
Lectures on Complex Networks.
OUP. 2010

This text is a concise modern introduction to the science of complex networks, and is based on lectures for university students and non-specialists. The author aims to introduce a reader without serious background in mathematics or physics to the world of networks. The lectures fill the existing gap between popular science books and comprehensive reference volumes on complex networks, and provide the shortest path to the world of networks, discussing the main directions of modern research in this active field, as well as the history of network studies. The text describes the current state of the art in complex networks and includes recent results. It will be useful for both teaching and self-study.