Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society

  • Armin Bunde
  • Jürgen Caro
  • Jörg Kärger
  • Gero Vogl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Armin Bunde, Jürgen Caro, Jörg Kärger, Gero Vogl
      Pages 3-9
    3. Armin Bunde, Christian Chmelik, Jörg Kärger, Gero Vogl
      Pages 11-25
  3. Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Michael Leitner, Ingolf Kühn
      Pages 29-47
    3. Rainer Klages
      Pages 49-69
    4. Manfred Wendisch, Armin Raabe
      Pages 115-125
    5. Klaus Kroy, Frank Cichos
      Pages 127-145
    6. Philipp Maass, Marcel Dierl, Matthias Wolff
      Pages 147-168
  4. Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Christian Chmelik, Jürgen Caro, Dieter Freude, Jürgen Haase, Rustem Valiullin, Jörg Kärger
      Pages 171-202
    3. Marc-Olivier Coppens, Guanghua Ye
      Pages 203-232
    4. Scott A. Willis, Tim Stait-Gardner, Allan M. Torres, Gang Zheng, William S. Price
      Pages 233-260
    5. Boris S. Bokstein, Boris B. Straumal
      Pages 261-275
    6. Armin Grunwald
      Pages 295-309
  5. Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Carsten Lemmen, Detlef Gronenborn
      Pages 333-349
    3. Anne Kandler, Roman Unger
      Pages 351-373
    4. Louis M. Shekhtman, Michael M. Danziger, Shlomo Havlin
      Pages 397-410
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 411-418

About this book


This book deals with randomly moving objects and their spreading. The objects considered are particles like atoms and molecules, just as living beings like humans, animals, plants, bacteria and even abstract entities like ideas, rumors, information, innovations and linguistic features. The book explores and communicates the laws behind these movements and reports about astonishing similarities and very specific features typical of the given object under considerations. Leading scientists in disciplines as different as archeology, epidemics, linguistics and sociology, in contact with their colleagues from engineering, natural sciences and mathematics, introduce into the phenomena of spreading as relevant for their fields. An introductory chapter on “Spreading Fundamentals” provides a common basis for all these considerations, with a minimum of mathematics, selected and presented for enjoying rather than frustrating the reader.


Diffusion Processes in Physics Expansion of Languages Hot Brownian Motion Diffusing Biological Processes Diffusive Transport Diffusion in Atmospheric Physics Epidemics Spreading Random Walk Nature-Inspired Transport Optimization

Editors and affiliations

  • Armin Bunde
    • 1
  • Jürgen Caro
    • 2
  • Jörg Kärger
    • 3
  • Gero Vogl
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJustus-Liebig-Universität Gießen Institut für Theoretische PhysikGießenGermany
  2. 2.Inst. für Physikalische Chemie und ElektrochemieLeibniz-Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Experimentalphysik IUniversität Leipzig Institut für Experimentalphysik ILeipzigGermany
  4. 4.Inst. für FestkörperphysikUniversität WienWienAustria

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