This book is an ideal starting point for entering in the field of complex networks. The text is written in such a way that a broad public, including readers without a strong mathematical background, can learn the basic ideas and tools of the field.
In the first part of the book, the core concepts and procedures are reviewed. In the second, a large set of relevant real-world networks are described one by one, including networks in the cell, in finance and in technology, just to mention a few. This description is a precious repository of information for experts coming from other fields and looking for a fresh network perspective on their subjects of research.
The style of the book is highly didactic. It is structured in such a way that it can be read at several different levels, depending on the reader's interests and background. The language is clear and the tone is enjoyable, starting from the initial sentences of each chapter based on a literary citations (ranging from Dante Alighieri to Mark Twain). A remarkably valuable aspect is the thorough description of procedures, conventions and techniques that are customarily used by scientists in this field, but are not described in most texts. The treatment of methods like the representation of power laws, the binning of data, and several others ,is of great help for beginners, or experts coming from other fields.
Both students and researches approaching the complex network perspective would benefit from reading this accessible and complete presentation.