The Question: Do Humans Behave like Atoms?

  • Serge Galam
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


The analogy, if any, between men and atoms is discussed to single out what can be the contribution from physics to the understanding of human behavior. The basic assumptions of the approach of sociophysics are formulated together with the methodology used to tackle a given problem taken from the social and political worlds [1, 2].


  1. 1.
    S. Galam, Y. Gefen and Y. Shapir, Sociophysics: A mean behavior model for the process of strike, Journal of Mathematical Sociology 9, 1 (1982)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    S. Galam, When humans interact like atoms, Understanding group behavior, Vol. I, Chap. 12, 293-312, Davis and Witte, Eds., Lawrence Erlbaum Ass., New Jersey (1996)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Galam
    • 1
  1. 1.CREAParisFrance

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