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Complex Networks by Shlomo Havlin, Reuven Cohen

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16   Thermodynamic models on networks

16.1 Introduction

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In this chapter we consider the behavior of some thermodynamic models on networks. Thermodynamic models attempt to describe the macroscopic (large-scale) properties of systems by their microscopic (small-scale) behavior. The microscopic behavior stems from the interactions between atoms or molecules in the material. In the nineteenth century a new branch in physics, called “statistical physics” or “statistical mechanics” appeared (mainly owing to the works of Gibbs, Maxwell and Boltzmann as well as later works by Einstein), which tried to explain the observed properties of materials (phase ...

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