Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2003 - Science - 240 pages
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As Chaos explained the science of disorder, Nexus reveals the new science of connection and the odd logic of six degrees of separation.

"If you ever wanted to know how many links connect you and the Pope, or why when the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank sneezes the global economy catches cold, read this book," writes John L. Casti (Santa Fe Institute). This "cogent and engaging" (Nature) work presents the fundamental principles of the emerging field of "small-worlds" theory—the idea that a hidden pattern is the key to how networks interact and exchange information, whether that network is the information highway or the firing of neurons in the brain. Mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and social scientists are working to decipher this complex organizational system, for it may yield a blueprint of dynamic interactions within our physical as well as social worlds.

Highlighting groundbreaking research behind network theory, "Mark Buchanan's graceful, lucid, nontechnical and entertaining prose" (Mark Granovetter) documents the mounting support among various disciplines for the small-worlds idea and demonstrates its practical applications to diverse problems—from the volatile global economy or the Human Genome Project to the spread of infectious disease or ecological damage. Nexus is an exciting introduction to the hidden geometry that weaves our lives so inextricably together.
  

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Review: Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Completely fascinating. The world is both way more complex and much simpler than I thought. If you want to know what firefies in New Guinea have to do with the spread of AIDS, read this. Read full review

Review: Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks

User Review  - Anant Mittal - Goodreads

Pretty interesting book. Albeit, a little complex in between, the author certainly does drive home the point with a lot of interesting examples. However, the examples based on the "laboratory ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
12
Strange Connections
24
The Strength of Weak Ties
35
Small Worlds
49
Brain Works
62
The Smallworld Web
74
An Accidental Science
90
The Rich Get Richer
107
The Tangled Web
139
Tipping Points
157
Breaking Out SmallWorld Style
171
Laws for the Living
185
Beyond Coincidence
198
Notes
210
Index
224
Copyright

Costs and Consequences
122

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About the author (2003)

Mark Buchanan is a science writer and holds a doctorate in physics. He has been an editor at Nature and New Scientist. He lives in France.

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