Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (Paperback)
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Short Description for Six Degrees Combining a historical survey of the field with real-world examples, this book sets out to explain the research being done to create a blueprint of our connected planet, and shows how a multidiciplinary science of networks has come into being.
- Published: 30 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393325423 ISBN 10: 0393325423
- Sales rank: 219,000
Full description for Six Degrees
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.