Revitalizing central place theory: Cities as experiments on a dynamic fitness landscape

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (all day)

Speaker: Brad Bass

Cities are analogous to peaks on a dynamic fitness landscape. Brad Bass of the University of Toronto discusses this concept theoretically and illustrates it using a geographical analysis of the U.S. Patent Database. This analysis also illustrates networked, authoritative and chaotic search strategies and sheds light on the stability of the central place structure.

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