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Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities
Humanity has just crossed a major landmark in its history with the majority of people now living in cities. Cities have long been known to be society's predominant engine of innovation and wealthExpand
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The Origins of Scaling in Cities
The Equations Underlying Cities Cities are complex systems of which functioning depends upon many social, economic, and environmental factors. Bettencourt (p. 1438; see the cover; see the PerspectiveExpand
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A unified theory of urban living
It is time for a science of how city growth affects society and environment, say Luis Bettencourt and Geoffrey West.
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Real Time Bayesian Estimation of the Epidemic Potential of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Background Fast changes in human demographics worldwide, coupled with increased mobility, and modified land uses make the threat of emerging infectious diseases increasingly important. CurrentlyExpand
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Urban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime across Cities
With urban population increasing dramatically worldwide, cities are playing an increasingly critical role in human societies and the sustainability of the planet. An obstacle to effective policy isExpand
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Comparative estimation of the reproduction number for pandemic influenza from daily case notification data
The reproduction number, , defined as the average number of secondary cases generated by a primary case, is a crucial quantity for identifying the intensity of interventions required to control anExpand
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Invention in the city: Increasing returns to patenting as a scaling function of metropolitan size
We investigate the relationship between patenting activity and the population size of metropolitan areas in the United States over the last two decades (1980–2001). We find a clear superlinearExpand
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Evolution and structure of sustainability science
  • L. Bettencourt, J. Kaur
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 23 November 2011
The concepts of sustainable development have experienced extraordinary success since their advent in the 1980s. They are now an integral part of the agenda of governments and corporations, and theirExpand
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Urban scaling in Europe
Over the last few decades, in disciplines as diverse as economics, geography and complex systems, a perspective has arisen proposing that many properties of cities are quantitatively predictable dueExpand
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The Uses of Big Data in Cities
We show that, under general conditions, new sources of data coordinated with urban policy can be applied following fundamental principles of engineering to achieve new solutions to age-old urban problems. Expand
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