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March 2007 Selection: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
By: Duncan J. Watts
Copyright: 2003


About the Book:

Duncan Watts is a pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks. In this remarkable book, Watts, an assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University in New York, andone 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.

Related Web sites:

Wikipedia page for Duncan J. Watts

Duncan Watts bio at Columbia University

Publisher's web site for Six Degrees

Duncan Watts links via Technorati

If You Like Six Degrees, Try:

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
By: Don Tapscott. 2006.

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
By: Chris Anderson. 2006.

The Wisdom of Crowds
By: James Surowiecki. 2004.

Linked: The New Science of Networks
By: Albert Laszlo Barabasi. 2002.

Six Degrees Reader Comments:

A fascinating look the web of international social interconnectedness. I had no idea I was so few steps away from people in such far-flung areas across the planet!

-- Robert P.
patron of Gere Branch Library.
Customer Review Score - 9


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