Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age Open Market

Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age Open Market Edition 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 workingsFrom 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


About the Author: Duncan J. Watts

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR NYC lab From 2000 2007 he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University and then prior to joining Microsoft a principal research scientist at Yahoo Research where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is currentl



10 thoughts on “Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age Open Market Edition

  1. says:

    This is my first introduction to network theory and small world theory I found it completely fascinating and well worth a read I picked up this book because I wanted to understand the impact of cross group work by mapping out connections I was looking to a taxonomy to talk about these conc


  2. says:

    This book was OK I think I would have liked it if I knew about math and statistics Watts raised some interesting points in his book and who can forget playing the 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon Watts was not able to apply his findings to real world examples in a way that made the connections underst


  3. says:

    Aleks Krotoski broadcaster journalist and academic specialising in technology and interactivity has chosen to discuss Duncan J Watts’s Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age on FiveBooks as one of the top five on her subject Virtual Living saying thatWatts has been looking at the small world pheno


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    I like the topic I've read magazines articles on network science before and enjoyed them And I like the concepts and ideas and what network science can tell us But apparently I just can't read a full book on topic It takes awhile to explain things and while the text is accessible it just doesn't hold my attention I had t


  6. says:

    It's a sign of the author's great intelligence that I was able to understand this bookof course the parts that interested me the most were 1 network theory used to examine spread of disease 2 designing flexible robust response systems


  7. says:

    I really liked this I love accessible science with references to the original work It is similar to linked and the topic is related both excellent books to get you thinking about networks


  8. says:

    Not really all that engaging but one of the first non fiction books I've got through in a while It gives some interesting insights but ultimately it's a bit old and too much work in reading through it for the little gain in knowledge it provides


  9. says:

    This book should be deemed as the first course of the science of networks


  10. says:

    Abandoned reading this Maybe I'll come back to it some other time 80 pages in I still felt like I hadn't learned anything I didn't already know I don't have the patience to keep reading


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