Symposium Week 10

This week I did not attend this weeks symposium, however I read through the blog post that Adrian sent out and made a couple of notes.

Barabasi:

  • It started off talking about the power laws and how nature normally hates them., because ordinary systems follow bell curves, however this changes if it has to undergo a phase transition. The theory of phase transitions is that the path from disorder to order is determined by the powerful forces of self-organization and power laws. Power laws are the major factor of self-organization in complex systems.
  • The power law makes us abandon the idea of scale, as there is no intrinsic scale in these networks.
  • This first part is all about how the power law transitions from disorder to order.

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