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Six Degrees: The Secrets of a Connected Age / Edition 1

Six Degrees: The Secrets of a Connected Age / Edition 1

by Duncan J. Watts
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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393325423
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/19/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,228,507
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Duncan J. Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals including Nature, Science, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Harvard Business Review.

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Duncan Watts is so clear and so readable about one of the world's most mystifying subjects that he will probably leave you with your thinking changed forever.

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Six Degrees: The Secrets of a Connected Age 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Katya0133 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating book about all kinds of networks.
tgraettinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
His first book (on Small World Networks) was more technical than this one, which was more of a popular-science account of his work and others in the field. Still, a nice introduction for lay readers.
nocto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

A look at the maths behind the idea that there are 'six degreees of separation' and other networking theories. Interesting stuff and I like the fact that the author is not afraid to include plenty of graphs to illustrate his ideas, popular science books that insist on using only words drive me nuts.

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This book is a good overview of some of the developments in the field that go back to 60s and 70s, when the field was just beginning. Watts provides a pretty good Further Readings section where he tells the reader the difficulty of the scholarly articles and books he cites. The major merit of this book is that it introduces the topic of networks as it pertains to social networks, business organizations, spread of disease, and communications and technology networks.