What do the cells in your body have in common with Facebook, economic networks or the world wide web? Well, a lot more than you might think.
– We live in the age of networks and everything is determined by networks. The physics offer a way to understand how they all follow the same principles, says Albert-László Barabási, professor of network science.
As a guest speaker during Fysikdagarna in Gothenburg he will take us on an exciting journey into network science.
Complex technical systems, for example the world wide web, are very much alike biological organisms. Just like the cells in our bodies the systems can organise themselves and develop Albert-László Barabási’s interest in networks started many years back when he worked for IBM in New York.
– In the beginning nobody thought this was worth studying. It took me four years before I could get my first paper accepted by a journal.
That was back in 1999. Since then a lot of things have changed and Albert-László Barabási has now published five books, written many scientific articles and is a popular speaker worldwide.
– The good thing about this subject is that it’s possible to talk about it in different levels. Everyone can relate to networks – whether you are a physicist or not.
In Gothenburg Albert-László Barabási will be introduced to the audience by professor Tünde Fülöp at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.