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Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

Institution
TED
Country
USA
Topics
Scaling, Cities, Biology, Social Systems, Mathematics
URL
http://www.ted.com/talks/geoffrey_west_the_surprising_math_of_cities_and_corporations.html