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Linked Audiobook

Linked: The New Science of Networks

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From a cocktail party to a terrorist cell, from an ancient bacteria to an international conglomerate - all are networks, and all are part of a surprising scientific revolution. A maverick group of scientists is discovering that all networks have a deep underlying order and operate according to simple but powerful rules. This knowledge promises to shed light on the spread of fads and viruses, the robustness of ecosystems, the vulnerability of economies - even the future of democracy.

Now, for the first time, a scientist whose own work has transformed the study of "links and nodes" takes us inside the unfolding network revolution. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems, beginning with mathematician Leonhard Euler's first forays into graph theory in the late 1700s and culminating in biologists' development of cancer drugs based on a new understanding of cellular networks.

Combining narrative flare with sparkling insights, Barabasi introduces us to the myriad modern-day "cartographers" mapping networks in a range of scientific disciplines. Aided by powerful computers, they are proving that social networks, corporations, and cells are more similar than they are different. Their discoveries provide an important new perspective on the interconnected world around us.

Linked reveals how Google came to be the Internet's most popular search engine, how Vernon Jordan's social network affects the entire American economy, what it would take to bring down a terrorist organization like al Qaeda, and why an obscure finding of Einstein's could change the way we look at the networks in our own lives. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

Engaging and authoritative, Linked provides an exciting preview of the next century in science.

Also available in print from Perseus Publishing.

Executive Producer: Karen DiMattia
Jacket design by Alex Camlin
©2002 Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.

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    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 01-26-04
    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 01-26-04 Listener Since 2000

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    "Facinating"

    Who would have thought that a whole science could be created out of "linkages" between things? It is very reminiscent of the Gliek book about "Chaos", which also seems like it couldn't really make a science.

    I guess this is similar to ideas that were shared in the movie "Six Degreees of Seperation". The linkages work seems to me to be right up there with Chaos theory in our understanding of things. In fact, if Chaos is very helpful in understanding natural phenomenon (if not that helpful in understanding human creations, then Linkage Theory may well be the opposite: Very useful for understanding human creations, while not terribly useful for understanding nature. But our world (both society and environment) is under constant pressure from un-intentional effects. This seems like a real good thought tool to understand things.

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    Martin Edison, NJ, USA 03-01-06
    Martin Edison, NJ, USA 03-01-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Even a Refund will not do justice"

    I am an Engineer with math and logi background. But this author mixes up every thing. Gosh. People with links is not same as links on a web page. To me the researches roped in internet also to rope in more readers. How did their crawler determine yahoo or google as a hub? It could'nt have done it as searches Engines index all info but not many provide a link to yahoo and some pages.

    I give those 2 stars as some one took time to work on such a topic as Links.

    Some one give me my time please.

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    Robert P. Hayes, VA, USA 04-05-03
    Robert P. Hayes, VA, USA 04-05-03
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    Fascinating topic! I would like to see the principles of studying the network operating in the Bush family and the Republican Party.

    The Democratic Party needs to learn from it.

    For his survival, the American citizen needs to understand it.

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