Springer International Publishing AG, 2018. — 416 p. — ISBN 3319677977.This book deals with randomly moving objects and their spreading. The objects considered are particles like atoms and molecules, but also living beings such as humans, animals, plants, bacteria and even abstract entities like ideas, rumors, information, innovations and linguistic features. The book explores and communicates the laws behind these movements and reports about astonishing similarities and very specific features typical of the given object under considerations. Leading scientists in disciplines as diverse as archeology, epidemics, linguistics and sociology, in collaboration with their colleagues from engineering, natural sciences and mathematics, introduce the phenomena of spreading as relevant for their fields. An introductory chapter on "Spreading Fundamentals" provides a common basis for all these considerations, with a minimum of mathematics, selected and presented for enjoying rather than frustrating the reader. Contents Introduction What the Book Is Dealing With Spreading Fundamentals Nature Dispersal in Plants and Animals Search for Food of Birds, Fish and Insects Epicuticular Wax Formation and Regeneration—A Remarkable Diffusion Phenomenon for Maintaining Surface Integrity and Functionality in Plant Surfaces Brain Interstitial Structure Revealed Through Diffusive Spread of Molecules Turbulent Diffusion in the Atmosphere Hot Brownian Motion On Phase Transitions in Biased Diffusion of Interacting Particles Technology Diffusive Spreading of Molecules in Nanoporous Materials Nature-Inspired Optimization of Transport in Porous Media NMR Versatility Diffusion in Materials Science and Technology Spreading Innovations: Models, Designs and Research Directions The Spreading of Techno-visionary Futures Society The Neolithic Transition: Diffusion of People or Diffusion of Culture? The Diffusion of Humans and Cultures in the Course of the Spread of Farming Modeling Language Shift Human Mobility, Networks and Disease Dynamics on a Global Scale Spreading of Failures in Interdependent Networks
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