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A formula for cities

Why do companies fail and die while cities survive?

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple mathematical laws govern the properties of cities.

Wealth, crime and many other factors can all be calculated based on population alone.

Essentially, life itself is scaleable, he says, and in this Ted talk he delves deeper into the economies of scale of urban dwelling.

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