With the advent of digital computers more than half a century ago, - searchers working in a wide range of scienti?c disciplines have obtained an extremely powerful tool to pursue deep understanding of natural processes in physical, chemical, and biological systems. Computers pose a great ch- lenge to mathematical sciences, as the range of phenomena available for rigorous mathematical analysis has been enormously expanded, demanding the development of a new generation of mathematical tools. There is an explosive growth of new mathematical disciplines to satisfy this demand, in particular related to discrete mathematics. However, it can be argued that at large mathematics is yet to provide the essential breakthrough to meet the challenge. The required paradigm shift in our view should be compa- ble to the shift in scienti?c thinking provided by the Newtonian revolution over 300 years ago. Studies of large-scale random graphs and networks are critical for the progress, using methods of discrete mathematics, probabil- tic combinatorics, graph theory, and statistical physics. Recent advances in large scale random network studies are described in this handbook, which provides a signi?cant update and extension - yond the materials presented in the "Handbook of Graphs and Networks" published in 2003 by Wiley. The present volume puts special emphasis on large-scale networks and random processes, which deemed as crucial for - tureprogressinthe?eld. Theissuesrelatedtorandomgraphsandnetworks pose very di?cult mathematical questions.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 600
Weight: 912 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 28 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.
From the reviews:
"It is a collection of papers on advances in the field of large-scale networks ... . The material presented here is based on a workshop organized in Budapest in 2006. ... An ideal reader of the book may be a mathematician ... ." (Miklos Bona, The Mathematical Association of America, February, 2010)
"The volume is an outcome of a U.S.-Hungarian workshop on complex networks held at the Renyi Istitute in Budapest in 2006. ... I quite enjoyed reading the book. The choice of topics and presentations is illustrative of the type of work taking place in this area ... . are likely to be useful to the theoretical computer scientist interested in random structures and algorithms, but most of the chapters were reasonably interesting to me." (Gabriel Istrate, SIGACT News, April, 2012)