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Small World By Mark Buchanan

Small World
by Mark Buchanan

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This title is about the startling discovery that networks of things - from molecules to people - have a hidden and powerful design that binds the world together.
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Small World: Uncovering Nature's Hidden Networks by Mark Buchanan

Most of us have had the experience of running into a friend of a friend far away from home - and feeling that the world is somehow smaller than it should be. We usually write off such unlikely encounters as coincidence, even though it seems to happen with uncanny frequency. According to a handful of physicists at Los Alamos and other cutting-edge research labs around the world, it turns out that this 'small-world' phenomenon is no coincidence at all. Rather, it is a manifestation of a hidden and powerful design that binds the world together. In SMALL WORLD, Mark Buchanan tells the story of how a stunning discovery in complexity science is revolutionising the way we understand networks. The Internet, the brain, power-grids and the global economy are all networks that seem to have evolved a 'small-world' geometry - with properties independent of the nature of the things themselves. SMALL WORLD argues that this underlying pattern may be one of nature's greatest design tricks, and the book shows us - concisely and engagingly - how scientists are putting this new insight to work. The discovery promises to change the way we see the web of relationships that weaves our lives together. What's more, it may well provide the foundation for a new kind of physics that searches for the laws not of substance, but of pure form.

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Small World Reviews

A feature by the author appeared in The New Statesman on 5 July and Mark appeared on Newstalk 106 - Dublin. Interest has been expressed by FT Weekend. Excellent reviews have appeared in Nature and with furuther reviews expected in New Scientist and Focus Magazine. " cogent and engaging description of recent developments ... extremely valuable contribution to the popular science literature ... I would enthusiastically recommend it to my own family members."Nature "The maths is pretty easy territory (spectacular, too)-and

About Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan has a PhD from the University of Virginia. Formerly an editor at NATURE and NEW SCIENTIST, he is now a science writer whose articles have appeared in numerous professional and general science magazines including SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and NEW SCIENTIST.

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Small World: Uncovering Nature's Hidden Networks by Mark Buchanan
Mark Buchanan
Used - Very Good
Orion Publishing Co
Short-listed for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2003
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