This book discusses the study and analysis of the physical aspects of social systems and models, inspired by the analogy with familar models of physical systems and possible applications of statistical physics tools. Various developments in the mainstream physics of condensed matter systems have inspired and induced the recent 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.
Parongama Sen (Associate Professor of Physics Associate Professor of Physics Department of Physics University of Calcutta India)
, Bikas K. Chakrabarti (Professor of Physics
, Professor of Physics
, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:
17 October 2013
Professional and scholarly
A / AS level
Further / Higher Education
1. Introduction ; 2. Basic features of social systems and modelling ; 3. Opinion formation in a society ; 4. Social choices and popularity ; 5. Crowd avoiding dynamical phenomena ; 6. Social phenomena on complex networks ; 7. Of flocks, flows and transports ; 8. Endnote ; Appendix A: Phase transitions and critical phenomena ; Appendix B: Magnetic systems: static and dynamical behaviour ; Appendix C: Percolation and fractals ; Appendix D: Random walks ; Appendix E: Monte Carlo simulations ; Appendix F: Some data analysis methods and useful tables
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 Nuclear Physics, and Visiting Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute. He has research interests in statistical physics, condensed matter physics, physics of quantum glasses, annealing and computation, and applications of physics to social sciences.
Reviews for Sociophysics: An Introduction
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 book provides a nice introduction of some related models. * Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich * This well-conceived and comprehensive volume offers a stimulating introduction to the physics of society, mainly from a statistical physicist's point of view. I recommend this book to novices and experienced readers alike - it covers an exciting range of research problems. * Nicole J. Saam, Institute of Sociology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg *