Discrete and Continuous Models in the Theory of Networks2012-2017
The idea of representing a complex interacting systems of human and/or non-human actors as a network is very old. Already Aristotle in his Politicsconsiders the society as a community of different individuals clustered in several subgroups and is aware of the founding dichotomy of networks: the individual nodes that pursue their own interests, as opposed to the health of the net as an impersonal whole. Networks and webs appear in a manifold of areas of human activities. It is therefore no surprise that they have played a role - for decades already - in many research areas in natural sciences, originally as a convenient representation form and more recently as a deeper paradigm, too.Mehr
Cooperation Groups are a relatively new working format. They mainly address interdisciplinary research co-operations—already existing or still at the planning stage—that frequently develop in connection with special research institutes, research groups or graduate schools. Cooperation Groups are intended to offer such collaborative projects the opportunity of inviting visiting scientists to do research at the ZiF for a moderate period of time (three weeks up to six months).
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