Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The City's Equation

Here is a fascinating article about the scientific study of cities from the New York Times:

A Physicist Solves the City.

The pictures--photo illustrations--are intriguing as well.

Geoffrey West believes that all cities operate according to certain mathematical equations, because he has measured it as so. Mr. West makes a false assumption, however, in assuming that recorded metrics are static. He only sees the past of cities, and not their future.

The comparison between cities and corporations is insightful as well. Cities are municipal corporations.