A cocktail party? A terrorist cell? Ancient bacteria? An international conglomerate?
All are networks, and all are a part of a surprising scientific revolution. Albert-László Barabási, the nation’s foremost expert in the new science of networks and author of Bursts, takes us on an intellectual adventure to prove that social networks, corporations, and living organisms are more similar than previously thought. Grasping a full understanding of network science will someday allow us to design blue-chip businesses, stop the outbreak of deadly diseases, and influence the exchange of ideas and information. Just as James Gleick and the Erdos–Rényi model brought the discovery of chaos theory to the general public, Linked tells the story of the true science of the future and of experiments in statistical mechanics on the internet, all vital parts of what would eventually be called the Barabási–Albert model.
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The things you never knew you never knew about networks.
Great audiobook. Even though released in 2002, information is very good. I enjoyed listening to this. If you read "Tipping Point" and enjoyed it, I recommend this audiobook.
This is a powerful book and very insightful in the concepts. You can take this knowledge and apply it to almost anything. The best part was learning the “WHYs”, the reason why networks, human or natural, work the way they work and why!
Reaching at times, but otherwise very thought provoking!
The author has a lot of excellent insight from his own studies in networks, and is very gracious giving credit where credit is due. With pleny of historical road mapping, this book takes you through the last 30 years of network theory painlessly. If you have a college education and have a science background, or just an interst in the interconnectedness of our world, this is a must read. My only issue was with a couple of theories/applications of networks that seemed pulled out of thin air, but otherwise, I completely recommend.