Features in Physics World magazine
The February 2010 issue of Physics World presents a special focus on Complexity and challenges in Network Science. From mapping the rise of the field, to examples of applications rooted in our everyday life, to charting the field’s possible future evolution, the special issue explores the key topics of Network Science – a field where physicists have been playing a major role.
A special feature is dedicated to infectious diseases, how they rapidly spread in our modern society, and what weapons we have nowadays to fight them. The article titled The Flu Fighters by Vittoria Colizza and Alessandro Vespignani (ISI Foundation and Epiwork coordination) describes the contribution of physicists to an interdisciplinary area where complex systems are the main ingredients, and modeling human behavior and biological contagion is the ultimate challenge.
In another special feature, Dirk Brockmann (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization) reveals how information garnered from the geographical movement of banknotes and the location of mobile phones can reveal patterns in how people travel
The cover of the special issue shows an illustration by B. Goncalves et al. of the multiscale worldwide mobility networks used in the GLEaM model.