Perspective

A century of physics

An analysis of Web of Science data spanning more than 100 years reveals the rapid growth and increasing multidisciplinarity of physics — as well its internal map of subdisciplines.

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  • Corrected online 05 October 2015

    In the Perspective 'A century of physics' (Nature Physics 11, 791–796; 2015), the text in the legend in Fig. 3a was obscured. This error has now been corrected online 5 October 2015.

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Acknowledgements

R.S., M.S. and A.L.B. are supported by the AFOSR grant FA9550-15-1-0077. P.D. is supported by the National Foundation for Scientific Research (FNRS) and by the Research Department of the Communaute Francaise de Belgique (Large Graph Concerted Research Action). D.W. is supported by the AFOSR, grant FA9550-15-1-0162. R.S. is also supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. A.L.B. is also supported by the Future and Emerging Technologies Project 317 532 'Multiplex' financed by the European Commission. We wish to thank I. Georgescu for many fruitful discussions and ideas throughout this project and J. De Nicolo for support with handling the WoS data.

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  1. Roberta Sinatra, Pierre Deville, Michael Szell and Albert-László Barabási are at the Center for Complex Network Research and Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA

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  2. Dashun Wang is at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16801, USA

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  4. A.L.B. is also at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA, and in the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA, and at the Center for Network Science, Central European University, Budapest 1051, Hungary

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