Networks: Connections Within and Without

  • George E. Mobus
  • Michael C. Kalton
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


A key attribute of systems is that internally the components are connected in various relations. That is, the physical system is a network of relations between components. It is also possible to “represent” a system as an abstract network of nodes and links. The science and mathematics of networks can be brought to bear on the analysis of these representations, and characteristics of network topologies can be used to help understand structures, functions, and overall dynamics.


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  6. Ogle R (2007) Smart world: breakthrough creativity and the new science of ideas. Harvard Business School Press, BostonGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Mobus
    • 1
  • Michael C. Kalton
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty in Computer Science & Systems, Computer Engineering & Systems Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesUniversity of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA

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