Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

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The pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks. In this remarkable book, Duncan Watts, one of the principal architects of network theory, sets out to explain the innovative research that he and other scientists are spearheading to create a blueprint of our connected planet. Whether they bind computers, economies, or terrorist organizations, networks are everywhere in the real world, yet only recently have scientists attempted to explain their mysterious workings. From epidemics of disease to outbreaks of market madness, from people searching for information to firms surviving crisis and change, from the structure of personal relationships to the technological and social choices of entire societies, Watts weaves together a network of discoveries across an array of disciplines to tell the story of an explosive new field of knowledge, the people who are building it, and his own peculiar path in forging this new science.... a month at home in Australia to think about it, we met in Stevea#39;s office in January 1996 and made up our minds: we would go it alone. Telling almost nobody and reading virtually nothing, we would drop the crickets project and have a go at building some very simple models of social networks to look for features like the small-world phenomenon. No doubt feeling that he needed to protect me from myself, Steve insisted that we give it only four monthsa€”a single semestera€”after which, anbsp;...

Title:Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
Author: Duncan J. Watts
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2004-02-17

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