Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age

ISBN-10: 0393325423
ISBN-13: 9780393325423
Edition: 2003
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.28" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

Duncan Watts was a teacher and examiner in Government and Politics. He was prominent in the Politics Association Resource Centre, for which he wrote and edited many books and other materials.

Preface
The Connected Age
Emergence
Networks
Synchrony
The Road Less Traveled
The Small-World Problem
The Origins of a "New" Science
The Theory of Random Graphs
Social Networks
The Dynamics Matters
Departing From Randomness
Here Come the Physicists...
Small Worlds
With a Little Help from my Friends
From Cavemen to Solarians
Small Worlds
As Simple as Possible
The Real World
Beyond the Small World
Scale-Free Networks
The Rich Get Richer
Getting Rich Can be Hard
Reintroducing Group Structure
Affiliation Networks
Directors and Scientists
Complications
Search in Networks
So What did Milgram Really Show?
Is Six a Big or a Small Number?
The Small-World Search Problem
Sociology Strikes Back
Search in Peer-to-Peer Networks
Epidemics and Failures
The Hot Zone
Viruses in the Internet
The Mathematics of Epidemics
Epidemics in a Small World
Percolation Models of Disease
Networks, Viruses, and Microsoft
Failures and Robustness
Decisions, Delusions, and the Madness of Crowds
Tulip Economics
Fear, Greed, and Rationality
Collective Decisions
Information Cascades
Information Externalities
Coercive Externalities
Market Externalities
Coordination Externalities
Social Decision Making
Thresholds, Cascades, and Predictability
Threshold Models of Decisions
Capturing Differences
Cascades in Social Networks
Cascades and Percolation
Phase Transitions and Cascades
Crossing the Chasm
A Nonlinear View of History
Power to the People
Robustness Revisited
Innovation, Adaptation, and Recovery
The Toyota-Aisin Crisis
Markets and Hierarchies
Industrial Divides
Ambiguity
The Third Way
Coping with Ambiguity
Multiscale Networks
Recovering from Disaster
The End of the Beginning
September 11
Lessons for a Connected Age
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index

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