About this Research Topic
The frontier of science has been defined mainly by two fascinating
extremes. Firstly, by the very small, as the great success of quantum
physics from its tender appearance after Max Planck’s work circa 1900.
By contrast, the very large, after the enormous paradigmatic change
from the theory of relativity, an incredible contribution made by
Albert Einstein in 1905. However, nowadays the scientific community is
making great efforts to understand, in a quantitative way, the
phenomena that involve collective behavior in living systems. The
frontier of science has been moved: we are trying to understand the
universal aspect of human behavior, among other types of similar
The present Research Topic focuses on a critical aspect of social
interactions: Crisis. Covid-19, the Global Climate Strike and the
recent massive social crises in different countries, which are
destabilizing the organization that ruled for decades, are examples of
huge social crisis that nobody could anticipate in their magnitude and
future impact. However, these social events could have presented
certain signs in their early stages of development. The crises are in
many cases the critical points that define the evolution of social
We welcome original interdisciplinary research addressing the various
aspects of a social crisis at different scales and from a quantitative
point of view:
- dynamical aspects,
- early warnings,
- network analysis,
- digital information studies
- recovery patterns
- universal behaviors, etc.
Note: articles on COVID-19 submitted to this
collection before July 31st will be fully waived.
Keywords: Social Crisis, Social Dynamics, Early Warnings, Scaling, Universal Behavior
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