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Geoffrey West:
The surprising math of cities and corporations

TEDGlobal 2011 · 17:33 · Filmed Jul 2011
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Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations
17:33 · Filmed July 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011 · Subtitles available in 33 languages

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.

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Physicist Geoffrey West believes that complex systems from organisms to cities are in many ways governed by simple laws — laws that can be discovered and analyzed. Full bio
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