# Literature

There is so much on complex networks there is no point listing all the research papers. However here are some of the general discussions (books, reviews, web based, free) which might provide a good starting point:-

- I recommend Philip Ball’s book
*Critical Mass*as a non-technical introduction to complexity in general (ISBN-13:`9780099457862`). - I also liked
*Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age*by Duncan Watts as another non-technical overview, this time focussing on networks. I found the view very balanced even though written by one of the authors that started the new wave of interest in networks. - I have my own Complex Network review (Contemporary Physics
**45**(2004) 455-474 or`cond-mat/0405123`). It is aimed as an introduction to general physics researchers so has only the very basic technical issues and it is quite short. I use this as a starting point for my undergraduate project students. - A short overview of what network analysis is, what it isn’t, and what it might do was provided as the very first article in the journal
*Network Science*, so see U. Brandes, G. Robins, A. McCranie and S. Wasserman, What is network science?, Network Science**01**(2013) 1-15. - There are several free course or sets of notes from courses available on the internet. Here are some I have found
- Networks Course by Aaron Clauset provides notes and problems
- Michael Gastner’s course
*Networks: Theory and Applications*given in the Autumn of 2011 in the Maths department of Imperial College London. - Free course on Complex networks.
- Lecture notes
*Random Graphs and Complex Networks*by van der Hofstad at Eindhoven, 2013. - There is free access to several texts with including:-
- Free copy of the book
*Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World*(Cambridge University Press, 2010) by David Easley and Jon Kleinberg. - Maarten van Steen
*Graph Theory and Complex Networks*2010 - U.Brandes and T.Erlebach have edited
*Network Analysis: Methodological Foundations*(Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 3418, 2005, DOI: 10.1007/b106453) which is free to download. - Robert Hanneman and Mark Riddle,
*Introduction to social network methods*(2005). - Robert Hanneman,
*Computer-Assisted Theory Building: Modeling Dynamic Social Systems*(1988).

- Free copy of the book
- The NetWiki at University of North Carolina has a good list of reviews and introductory material on complex networks.
- There are many text books on Complex Networks or their applications now. Those focusing on applications always have some useful introductory chapters on the general aspects of networks so they can be good places to look for short introductions.