Sociophysics: An Introduction

Hardcover | November 24, 2013

byParongama Sen, Bikas K. Chakrabarti

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This book discusses the study and analysis of the physical aspects of social systems and models, inspired by the analogy with familiar models of physical systems and possible applications of statistical physics tools. Unlike the traditional analysis of the physics of macroscopic many-body orcondensed matter systems, which is now an established and mature subject, the upsurge in the physical analysis and modelling of social systems, which are clearly many-body dynamical systems, is a recent phenomenon. Though the major developments in sociophysics have taken place only recently, the earliest attempts of proposing "Social Physics" as a discipline are more than one and a half centuries old. Various developments in the mainstream physics of condensed matter systems have inspired and induced therecent growth of sociophysical analysis and models. In spite of the tremendous efforts of many scientists in recent years, the subject is still in its infancy and major challenges are yet to be taken up. An introduction to these challenges is the main motivation for this book.

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This book discusses the study and analysis of the physical aspects of social systems and models, inspired by the analogy with familiar models of physical systems and possible applications of statistical physics tools. Unlike the traditional analysis of the physics of macroscopic many-body orcondensed matter systems, which is now an est...

Parongama Sen is Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta. Her research interests include phase transitions and critical phenomena, complex networks, physics of quantum and classical random walks, and applications of physics to social sciences. Bikas K. Chakrabarti is Professor of Physics at the Saha Institute of Nu...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:November 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199662452

ISBN - 13:9780199662456

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Basic features of social systems and modelling3. Opinion formation in a society4. Social choices and popularity5. Crowd avoiding dynamical phenomena6. Social phenomena on complex networks7. Of flocks, flows and transports8. EndnoteAppendix A: Phase transitions and critical phenomenaAppendix B: Magnetic systems: static and dynamical behaviourAppendix C: Percolation and fractalsAppendix D: Random walksAppendix E: Monte Carlo simulationsAppendix F: Some data analysis methods and useful tables

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"This book is written for those who have always wondered 'Why couldn't we model society in a computer?' Sociophysics offers a new perspective on collective phenomena such as opinion formation, popularity, election outcomes, or economic and crowd dynamics. Sociophysics is on the rise. This bookprovides a nice introduction of some related models." --Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich