Are cells like the Internet?
Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology, Korea
Systems as diverse as the Internet or
the cell are described by networks with complex topology. Traditionally
it has been assumed that these networks are random. However, recent
studies indicate that such complex systems emerge as a result of
self-organizing processes governed by simple but generic laws, resulting
in topologies strikingly different from those predicted by random
networks. Such studies also lead to a paradigm shift regarding our
approach to complex networks, allowing us to view them as dynamical
systems rather than static graphs. I will discuss the implications
of these findings on the error and attack tolerance of the Internet
and the robustness of the cells.
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