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Albert-László Barabási: The Formula
Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded a Ph.D. three years later at Boston University. Barabási latest book is Network Science (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also authored “Linked: The New Science of Networks” (Perseus, 2002), currently available in fifteen languages, “Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do” (Dutton, 2010) available in five languages, and is the co-editor of “The Structure and Dynamics of Networks” (Princeton, 2005). His work lead to the discovery of scale-free networks in 1999, and proposed the Barabási-Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the WWW or online communities.
Nominated by Gabriella Liptay:
“The network researcher, physicist, almost polymath Albert-László Barabási treats a field in his book that can definitely be called successful, that is: success. He approaches this phenomenon that seems so inexplicable and incomprehensible not using a methodology of management-science but that of mathematics and material sciences. Barabási and his team of researchers look for scientific explanations for those processes that generate and make success available and sustainable. Examples, arguments and data support the main argument and reveal the laws underpinning success in a very entertaining way and in a fascinating style. Somehow it is good to read, it is uplifting to think together, and somehow the relaxed pen strokes and persistent professional work all come through the pages. I strongly hope that one day the success of the author will accompany him all the way to the Nobel Prize. After all if anyone, Barabási has a strong chance to succeed.”