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    DescriptionIs there a 'physics of society'? Philip Ball's investigation into human nature ranges from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, across economics, sociology and psychology. Ball shows how much of human behaviour we can understand when we cease trying to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions, in circumstances in which human beings both co-operate and conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is constructive and when it is destructive. By perhaps Britain's leading young science writer, this is a deeply thought-provoking book, causing us to examine our own behaviour, whether in buying the new Harry Potter book, voting for a particular party or responding to the lures of advertisers.

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    Critical Mass
    How One Thing Leads to Another
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Ball
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099457862
    ISBN 10: 0099457865

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    BIC subject category V2: JMH, PDA
    DC22: 301, 501
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, SCI000000, POL034000
    Thema V1.0: JMH, PDA, PD
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
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    Publication date
    02 March 2005
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    Author Information
    Formerly Editor for physical sciences, including quantum psychics, at leading science magazine Nature, Philip Ball is now a full-time science writer. He lives in London and has written a number of science books.
    Review quote
    "Exquisitely produced and painstakingly researched... Ball writes patiently and eloquently. Exciting... A rousing call-to-arms, and an elegant answer to the shallow tradition of British empiricism." Independent "In his fascinating new book, Critical Mass, Philip Ball tells the story of this research in a comprehensive and often captivating way... Ball delves far beyond today's headlines... Impressively clear and breathtaking in scope... Substantial, impeccably researched and...persuasive. For anyone who would like to learn about the intellectual ferment at the surprising junction of physics and social science, Critical Mass is the place to start." Nature "Lucid, accessible and engaging... Ball makes a persuasive, comprehensive case and it's a welcome antidote to popular individualistic thought." Glasgow Herald "Critical Mass fizzes with ideas and insights" The Guardian "more than a book, this in an intellectual curiosity" Independent on Sunday