Geoffrey West: The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations (TED)

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As we have all watched the news unfold about Hurricane Irene and New York City, I reflected on another TED Global presentation we heard .

This time it was from Geoffrey West, on Cities.


“He 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.”

Who's Your CityBy coincidence, Brain Pickings featured books about cities in today’s newsletter. The first book Maria featured was “Who’s Your City” by Richard Florida.

To quote Brain Pickings newsletter:

Who’s Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life, Richard Florida examines the macro elements of cities, from economy to transportation, through the micro lens of personal happiness. (Which, in fact, makes the book a fine addition to our list of essential books on happiness.) Florida blends heavy-duty statistics and theory with passionately argued ideas and fascinating maps to expose the power of place in its richest, most multidimensional form, revealing the intricate interplay between our cities, our personalities, and our very sense of self and well-being.”

Lots of food for thought here.