Linked: The New Science Of Networks Science Of Networks

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Basic Books, May 15, 2002 - Science - 288 pages
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In the 1980's, James Gleick's Chaos introduced the world to complexity. Now, Albert-László Barabási's Linked reveals the next major scientific leap: the study of networks. We've long suspected that we live in a small world, where everything is connected to everything else. Indeed, networks are pervasive--from the human brain to the Internet to the economy to our group of friends. These linkages, it turns out, aren't random. All networks, to the great surprise of scientists, have an underlying order and follow simple laws. Understanding the structure and behavior of these networks will help us do some amazing things, from designing the optimal organization of a firm to stopping a disease outbreak before it spreads catastrophically.In Linked, Barabási, a physicist whose work has revolutionized the study of networks, traces the development of this rapidly unfolding science and introduces us to the scientists carrying out this pioneering work. These "new cartographers" are mapping networks in a wide range of scientific disciplines, proving that social networks, corporations, and cells are more similar than they are different, and providing important new insights into the interconnected world around us. This knowledge, says Barabási, can shed light on the robustness of the Internet, the spread of fads and viruses, even the future of democracy. Engaging and authoritative, Linked provides an exciting preview of the next century in science, guaranteed to be transformed by these amazing discoveries.From Linked:This book has a simple message: think networks. It is about how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve. It aims to develop a web-based view of nature, society, and technology, providing a unified framework to better understand issues ranging from the vulnerability of the Internet to the spread of diseases. Networks are present everywhere. All we need is an eye for them...We will see the challenges doctors face when they attempt to cure a disease by focusing on a single molecule or gene, disregarding the complex interconnected nature of the living matter. We will see that hackers are not alone in attacking networks: we all play Goliath, firing shots at a fragile ecological network that, without further support, could soon replicate our worst nightmares by turning us into an isolated group of species...Linked is meant to be an eye-opening trip that challenges you to walk across disciplines by stepping out of the box of reductionism. It is an invitation to explore link by link the next scientific revolution: the new science of networks.

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Sharp logic and good writing, backed up by sound proof. - Goodreads
Some useful insights; however, a slow start. - Goodreads
A wonderful overview of the science of networks. - Goodreads
A very nice introduction to networks. - Goodreads
This is a good overview of network theory. - Goodreads
Great introduction to social network analysis. - Goodreads

Review: Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life

User Review  - Afshin Afshar - Goodreads

An excellent introduction to the science of Network Theory. At times it might get challenging for those do not have a strong science background, but it is definitely manageable reading by general audience. Read full review

Review: Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life

User Review  - Filip Kernc - Goodreads

Amazing scientific book. Written in simple way, giving examples so anyone could follow the problematics and goals of the book. Opens new perspectives, new ways of thinking. Would recommend to everybody! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi is Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and Director of the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Central European University in Budapest. His work in network science has led to the discovery of scale-free networks and elucidated many key network properties, from robustness to control. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the AAAS (Physics) and the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, and is a recipient of numerous international awards.

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