Six Degrees

Six Degrees : The Science of a Connected Age

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0393325423
  • 9780393325423
  • 283,154

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"Written in as accessible and jaunty a fashion as James Watson's Double Helix, Six Degrees provides a deft, informative, and deeply engaging story of how the multidisciplinary science of networks has come into being." -- Robert K. Merton, University Professor Emeritus, Columbia University "Here is a wonderful science book you won't want to put down...relevant to an amazing variety of subjects, including epidemics, markets, scientific collaboration, and terrorism." -- Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Laureate in physics, cofounder of the Santa Fe Institute "Watts's insights into the interconnections that bind us together...offer a vital new framework for understanding our global society." -- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University "This is a story that is both personal and remarkable for its ability to convey the wonder of complex science." -- Bill Miller, CEO of Legg Mason Funds "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." -- Alan Alda "Starred Review. Watts smoothly combines a historical survey of the field with real-world examples. Well-done [and] comprehensive." -- Kirkus Reviews
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About Duncan J. Watts

Duncan J. Watts is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
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