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Introduction to Urban Science


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Table of Contents

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1 Why Cities? What Is Urban Science?
2 Classical Models of Cities and Urban Functional Definitions
3 Complex Networks and Urban Scaling
4 The Statistics of Urban Quantities. Predictability, Identity and Universality
5 Diversity and the Productivity of Cities
6 Neighborhoods and Human Development
7 Cities the Origins of Settlements in History
8 Urban Systems, Demography and the Laws of Geography
9 Growth, Information and the Emergence of Institutions
10 What Are Cities for? The Challenges Ahead
Appendix A: Background Derivations for the Core-Periphery Model
Appendix B: Urban Economics Models
Appendix C: Overview of the Ergodic Theorems of Demography
Appendix D: General Probability Solution for Geometric Random Growth

About the Author

Luis M. A. Bettencourt is Professor of Ecology and Evolution, and Inaugural Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, at the University of Chicago. He is also an external Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute.

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