Popular Writing

The Limits of Urban Planning With LEGOs The Atlantic Cities, February 12, 2013

The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Science Funding The Atlantic Cities, November 5, 2012 (with Jordan Bell-Masterson)

Not Everyone Launches a Startup in the Bay Area CNBC, October 23, 2012

Why America’s Religious Jews May Not Be Able to Move Back Downtown The Atlantic Cities, August 8, 2012

The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City. The Atlantic Cities, June 13, 2012.

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture. The Atlantic Cities, April 26, 2012.

How Big Is Your City, Really? The Atlantic Cities, March 9, 2012.

Do Rankings Affect Our Opinions of Cities? The Atlantic Cities, January 5, 2012.

Street Talk: Personalized Subways Scientific American, September 2011.


Geographic constraints on social network groups.
Onnela J-P*, Arbesman S*, Gonzalez MC, Barabasi AL, Christakis NA. PLoS ONE 6(4):e16939. 2011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016939

Scaling of prosocial behavior in cities
Arbesman S, Christakis NA. Physica A 390(11):2155-2159. 2011.

Superlinear Scaling for Innovation in Cities.
Arbesman S, Kleinberg J, and Strogatz SH. Phys. Rev. E 79 (1). 2009. Available on the arXiv: 0809.4994 [Physics and Society]. Reprinted in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research 17 (3). 2009.

[* joint first authorship]