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Linked: How Everything Is Connected to…

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means

by Albert-László Barabási

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We've long suspected that we live in a small world, where everything is connected to everything else. Indeed, networks are pervasive--from the human brain to the Internet to the economy to our group of friends. These linkages, it turns out, aren't random. All networks, to the great surprise of scientists, have an underlying order and follow simple laws. Understanding the structure and behavior of these networks will help us do some amazing things, from designing the optimal organization of a firm to stopping a disease outbreak before it spreads catastrophically. In Linked, Barabási, a physicist whose work has revolutionized the study of networks, traces the development of this rapidly unfolding science and introduces us to the scientists carrying out this pioneering work. These "new cartographers" are mapping networks in a wide range of scientific disciplines, proving that social networks, corporations, and cells are more similar than they are different, and providing important new insights into the interconnected world around us. This knowledge, says Barabási, can shed light on the robustness of the Internet, the spread of fads and viruses, even the future of democracy.… (more)
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I read this book several years ago, when I was closing up my University studies. It opened my mind to new research opportunities that I have then undertaken for my ph.d.
The book gives a very nice introduction to the world of complex network, covering the random models and moving on to what the authors have discovered and named scale-free organization.
The mathematics are far from being heavy and down-to-the-ground examples are always reported to help the reader connecting to her daily life.
A very nice book! ( )
  ferrarini_luca | Dec 6, 2016 |
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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
This is one of the most pleasant scientific reads in form of a book I have the pleasure to read had. The introduction to networks is very clever, not starting directly with science but rather introudcing all the basic and necessary conceptd, scientists and problems present in network theory. Hving presentef this the authors describes network research from a chronological poont of view, where it is very easy to understand all the new discovered concepts and the necessity of them. I have rarely had access to such pleasant literature. The book finishes describing thet last advances in network theory and paves the ground for the next conceptual step, which is networks dynamics.

My only concern is whether his papers are so well written and whether other books like this can be easily found in research areas that interest me like quantum interactions, doking, and so on.

It would have been really difficult to read from scratch a paper from this Albertq, without all this interesting introductions.

Now i am going to check the current status of his research and start to think how my research could benefit from his insights. ( )
  horacioemilio | Jan 17, 2012 |
I cannot say I understood fully all that Barabási had to say, or even was able to retain all that thought I understood at the time I read it, but still and all, I am extremely glad I tackled his books. It is really quite readable! He begins it so gently, carrying even the non-mathematicians, non-physicists, and non-scientists into more and more complexity. Our understanding of our world is gaining on our ignorance! I feel I need to at least make an attempt to keep up! ( )
  kaulsu | Nov 8, 2011 |
Another one on the "required reading" list for library school. An engaging read. ( )
  catalogthis | Apr 27, 2011 |
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