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Networks of Networks: The Last Frontier of Complexity

  • Gregorio D'Agostino
  • Antonio Scala
  • Contributions from leaders in the field of Network Science

  • Encapsulates developments in this emerging field in a clear manner

  • Interdisciplinary fields are represented


Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dror Y. Kenett, Jianxi Gao, Xuqing Huang, Shuai Shao, Irena Vodenska, Sergey V. Buldyrev et al.
      Pages 3-36
    3. G. J. Baxter, S. N. Dorogovtsev, A. V. Goltsev, J. F. F. Mendes
      Pages 37-52
    4. Kyu-Min Lee, Jung Yeol Kim, Sangchul Lee, K.-I. Goh
      Pages 53-72
    5. R. M. D’Souza, C. D. Brummitt, E. A. Leicht
      Pages 73-94
    6. B. A. Carreras, D. E. Newman, I. Dobson, V. E. Lynch, Paul Gradney
      Pages 95-114
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Stephen Eubank, Mina Youssef, Yasamin Khorramzadeh
      Pages 117-143
    3. Richard G. Morris, Marc Barthelemy
      Pages 145-161
    4. S. Pahwa, M. Youssef, C. Scoglio
      Pages 163-186
    5. Ettore Bompard, Bei Han, Marcelo Masera, Enrico Pons
      Pages 187-201
  4. Phenomenological Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Erich Rome, Peter Langeslag, Andrij Usov
      Pages 225-253
    3. Wolfgang Kröger, Cen Nan
      Pages 279-309
    4. Stefano Battiston, Guido Caldarelli
      Pages 311-321
    5. Christopher Chan, Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio
      Pages 323-340

About this book


The present work is meant as a reference to provide an organic and comprehensive view of the most relevant results in the exciting new field of Networks of Networks (NetoNets). Seminal papers have recently been published posing the basis to study what happens when different networks interact, thus providing evidence for the emergence of new, unexpected behaviors and vulnerabilities. From those seminal works, the awareness on the importance understanding Networks of Networks (NetoNets) has spread to the entire community of Complexity Science. The reader will benefit from the experience of some of the most well-recognized leaders in this field. The contents have been aggregated under four headings; General Theory, Phenomenology, Applications and Risk Assessment. The reader will be impressed by the different applications of the general paradigm that span from physiology, to financial risk, to transports. We are currently making the first steps to reduce the distance between the language and the way of thinking of the two communities of experts in real infrastructures and the complexity scientists. Although this path may prove to be long, it is extremely promising, both in extending our understanding of complex systems and in finding concrete applications that can enhance the life quality of millions of people.


Agent Based Simulators Financial Networks Interacting Networks Interacting Transport Networks Interactive Networks Dynamics Interdependent Power Grids Modeling Critical Infrastructures Multiplex Networks NetoNets Book NetoNets Reviewed Risk Assesments for Infrastructures and Networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Gregorio D'Agostino
    • 1
  • Antonio Scala
    • 2
  1. 1.ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Economic DevelopmentRomeItaly
  2. 2.CNR-ISC Uos "La Sapienza"RomeItaly

About the editors

Gregorio D'Agostino, was born in Messina 1963 and received his Diploma (Baccalaureat) at "Liceo Scientifico Ignitianum" in Messina on 1981 with final votation 60/60. He received his "Laurea" in Physics at Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza" on 1987 with final votation 110/110 cum laude. He received his "Dottorato di Ricerca in Fisica" (Phd in Physics) at Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza" on 1992. He served Italian Nation as an officier in "Genio Militare" from 1988 to 1989. He teached "Probability and Statistics" at "Scuola di specializzazione in fisica Medica" (II Università di Roma "Tor Vergata") for five years. He is staff scientist at Enea since 1989 where he has been working in theoretical and computational Physics. He belongs to the directorate of the Italian Association of Critical Infrastructure Experts (AIIC).

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:


“The whole book is devoted to the problems of governing, managing and preserving (with special attention to the security and the resistance to natural catastrophes problems) Networks of Networks. Along this book, a lot of practical examples of this kind of devices are considered. … it is complete and gives an integrated approach to this problem. … this is a very interesting book, very pleasant to read, essential either for beginners in this matter or senior researchers.” (Manuel Alberto M. Ferreira, International Journal of Latest Trends in Finance and Economic Sciences, Vol. 4 (1), March, 2014)