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Link. La scienza delle reti

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How is the human brain like the AIDS epidemic? Ask physicist Albert-László Barabási and he'll explain them both in terms of networks of individual nodes connected via complex but understandable relationships. Linked: The New Science of Networks is his bright, accessible guide to the fundamentals underlying neurology, epidemiology, Internet traffic, and many other fields un ...more
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I liked this very much. The main thesis is that science up to fairly recently has been Platonic (which this book instead, and I think mistakenly, characterises as reductionist) and therefore fixated on describing things and their forms. This idea is that if you have a picture you want to study you will learn all that there is to learn about it by pulling all of the jigsaw pieces apart and studying these individual pieces in detail. As String Theory shows, we can always speculate on smaller and s ...more
One of those anti-reductionist, complexity-obsessed, nonsensical collections of persuasive anecdotes and loose (useless) analogies.

The main critique of reductionism is that it not always useful.
Some problems can't be easily solved from 1st principles.
The author points out the solution would be a departure from reductionism.

But this straw-man strict reductionist doesn't exist in the first place.
Rocket scientists don't model engines on the quark-scale!
Barabasi works hard to hide the freedom and ut
This is great stuff. A very sexy topic as far as physics is concerned. And while that may be just a cliche description that I'm fond of using- sex is actually a relevant topic in the field of networks. Did you know that a sexual network has the same topological structure as the world wide web? Well it does! Prostitutes are like google and your personal website is probably like a virgin. Anywho, while the content is extremely interesting, if you have any prior knowledge of networks, you might fin ...more
A very well-written exposition of network theory for a general audience, with extensive end-notes where the author has hidden some of the math. It deals not only with the ideas of networks but also the mathematicians and scientists who study them, resulting in some appealing anecdotes. Beginning with Euler and his 7 bridges of Königsberg problem which gave birth to graph theory, Barabási follows the development of ideas about the nature of social relation nets, the structure of the internet, as ...more
Troy Blackford
This is a very interesting and extremely in-depth look into the science of networks - anything from 'who actors have worked with,' to 'computer networks,' to good ol' real life 'analog' social networks (i.e. 'who you know, and who they know'). Basically, anything with nodes connecting to other things. This book looks at the science of networks primarily from a 'mathematical model' perspective, and as such it was frequently beyond my comprehension. Indeed, though this book was engaging and covere ...more
This is an excellent read. It isn't filled with much technical speak and is written in a very easy to read manner. The flow of the book is also very good.

I found this book far more enjoyable than 'Sync' which I found hard to follow at times, even though both books deal with similiar subject material. Barabasi has created something here that anyone can read and understand.

In summary the book looks at network theory and the discoveries that have been made recently that change the manner in which w
Arin Basu
Oct 13, 2012 Arin Basu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Arin by: from a course.
This is an excellent introduction to the world of social network analysis. Very easily written for an introductory audience and introduces all the essential concepts, yet an excellent treatise on the more intricate and state of the art issues around social network analysis. It's always a pleasure to read firsthand accounts from the authors of the power-law distribution in social networks, the issues around growth models, and preferential attachments.

The book goes over a range of issues, startin
Linked is about the history of thought concerning human and technology networks. Barabasi uses anecdotes and understandable language to guide the reader through concepts such as "hubs and nodes" and how the idea of "6 degrees of separation" is actually applicable to real-life human relationships.

If my explanation of the book is a little hard to follow, it's probably because the book itself is somewhat hard to follow. Vascillating between mildly interesting and kinda boring, Linked is hardly a c
This took me a long time to finish. It was hard to stay interested, especially when they were talking about the internet. Even though the book isn't that old, it felt quite dated. I get that the early days of the internet were exciting in figuring out how the networks worked, but they kept sounding really surprised that some web pages have more links to them than others, a fact to which any person NOT entrenched in the network theory mindset would have said, "yeah, well, duh."

I was most interes
Jason Griggs
This book has a lot of interesting information about the structure of the Internet. Unfortunately, it was poorly written. It reiterates simple points and fails to spend enough time explaining the complex points. The author seemed to have in mind certain phrases that had to appear in the book and includes these and strange metaphors in places where they don't fit. It also goes off on too many tangents about the publication process of university professors. I listened to the book on CDROM, and it ...more
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Interesting enough, though repetative. A pop-cultural textbook for very complicated mathematics/statistics, but never-the-less very relevant and very interesting. The first half of the book builds the groundwork for the information explained in the second half, though for the most part the book just repeats the same concepts over and over (maybe needed for something so compicated).

To be honest I already had intuitively come to some of the same conclusions these mathemeticians and physicists came
Sundarraj Kaushik
A very nice introduction to networks. The book starts with the first occurrence of networks being described and gives the history of networks were researched and its state as of 2002.
A very interesting read as it covers networks as diverse as network of webpages in the internet to the networking of cells in the human body. It also covers the networking of the terrorists to networking of corporates.
Much more progress must have been done from 2002 onwards.
Some of interesting observations in book a
This is a fascinating book. Whereas many non-fiction theoretical books seem to be built on an interesting idea that is padded and lengthened by numerous examples but would be more interesting if cut down to article length, in this book the examples of networks build up a central idea while providing insights into what is a wonderful explanation of where we were in complexity theory at the beginning of the 20th century. Along the way we understand better many of our everyday networks such as the ...more
Similar to "The Tipping Point" -- it's more academic and uses examples beyond social settings, and takes some of the same ideas further in more depth. Not quite as accessible as The Tipping Point, but also more realistic and less 'romanticizing' of the science.
Alessandro Sangiovanni
Una lettura piacevole, niente affatto pesante. Offre anche qualche spunto di conversazione e riflessione multidisciplinare sul mondo delle reti.
Sep 06, 2011 Andreea is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Sharp logic and good writing, backed up by sound proof.
Anoush Margaryan
An interesting book, looking at the math behind networks. There is a major gap in Barabasi's exploration of the subject - it doesn't consider the human rationalities behind networks. Why do we link to X and not Z? He offers the concept of preferential attachement but doesn't question the rationalities behind such preferences.

What are the underpinning motives and goals that bring people together in networks? Sociologists and sociocultural theorists (eg Karin Knorr-Cetina, Jyri Engestroem) have be
Not sure it lived up to it's title, particularly the "And What It Means", and not sure they showed that everything is connected to everything else. But that was probably what the publisher came up with.

This is a 10,000 foot view of the topic. Not enough that you could do anything on it on your own, but enough to let you know if you would be interested enough to dig deeper. And, while I think there are references to other texts that one can read to be able to dig deeper, it is not very clear.

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Glenn Robinson
Very impressed with this book on how people, organizations and other things are linked. We have all heard of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, yet the author writes it is less than 3 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Using the internet to find the connections of networks, the studies have improved. The first study of the power of networking can go back to St Paul and the spread of Christianity. Later examples are the Air France Flight Attendant who spread AIDS, the many internet viruses and the 9/11 terrorists. U ...more
Ju-hyun Kim
Duncan Watts의 six degrees와 함께 이 분야의 교과서로 불리는 책이다.
책이 평이하게 쓰여졌지만 복잡계 연구의 흐름과 전반적인 소개를 보여주며, 카이스트 정하웅 교수가 그 연구에서 중요한 역할을 했음을 확인할 수 있었다.

Scale free network가 무엇인지 개념은 잡게 되었지만, 수학적인 배경이 없어서인지 한계를 절감하게 되기도 한다. 와츠의 책과 어느 정도 출간 시기도 비슷하고 분야도 겹쳐서 내용도 겹치지만 둘다 좋은 책이었다.

사회학자 그라노베터의 weak tie 이론은 영업하는 사람들이라면 경청할 만한 이야기라고 생각된다. 긴밀한 클러스터을 이루는 집단 안에서 뭔가를 찾기보다는 그 밖에서 알아보라는 이야기가 얼핏 상식과는 상반된다.

Holism과 reductionism의 사이에서 부분의 합이 전체가 아니며, 부분 부분이 상호작용하는 모습과 규칙을 탐구하는 모습이 재미있었다.
Zoltán Kelemen
While altogether an interesting subject matter, the book just feels tedious to read sometimes. The author tries too hard to be entertaining and the point is often lost in endless anecdotes and storytelling, but somehow they do not connect if you pardon me the pun. Too light for a science book, but not exactly entertainment either. I must agree with some of the previous reviews that it just seems extremely long and boring sometimes, for no good reason.

The subject matter is interesting, but only
Mark Denney
I was fascinated by the Barbasi's book on the importance of networks and how many different types - sociological, biological, internet, etc.. have similarities. He argues throughout the book that by not seeing how things are connected together, we aren't seeing the whole picture. I'd recommend this book for anyone who is fascinated with communication, biology and computer networks. Good Stuff here.
Atila Iamarino
O tipo de livro que coloco ao lado do The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood do James Gleick na categoria "livros que fazem sua visão de mundo mudar". Recomendo o Linked para qualquer pessoa que trabalhe com ciência ou com relacionamentos humanos ou entre qualquer variável. A noção de como redes são construídas e funcionam, de sites a pessoas, ou mesmo proteínas, e como as propriedades que explicam este tema são relevantes para tudo que fazemos.

Embora seja de 2002 e esteja um pouco defasa
Sep 10, 2009 David marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Tom Wentz
From Tom Wentz on 9/4/2009 "Caution: As Dr Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Professor Notre Dame University, in his book Linked, 2002 states, “Arriving at Mass Customization does not depend upon our intelligence to find the path within the Mass Production Business Model" The "intelligence" within the Industrial Age Business Model does not contain the answers. It matters now how "smart" the current management team is. Said another way, the intelligence, the brilliance that was designed into "jet planes" w ...more
José Miguel Tomasena
Fascinante ensayo. Gran capacidad para explicar asuntos matemáticos bastante complejos con gran estilo.
el punto de partida para muchas disciplinas.
el único problema es que se ha he he hecho viejo, sobre todo cuando habla de internet.
esto fue escrito antes de Facebook y Twitter. Me intriga saber qué ha producido Barabasi sobre estas cosas nuevas.
Ruthie Birger
A very accessible look at networks. Barabasi's friendly style really comes across in his explanations of complicated concepts, and his personal anecdotes make the book come alive. Not necessarily the text in which to find all the formulae and rigorous proofs, but a great example of what pop-science/math should be. Read this instead of Gladwell.
Maggie V
I started this for a book club and was having trouble being interested with all the details he was giving. I was interested in the general topic of how links and networks are formed especially when it comes to people, but I think I would have preferred the Spark Notes version. Since I wasn't able to make it to the book club meeting I decided that it was OK to stop reading the book.
Tad Coles
This book’s author explores networks that exist in everything from Hollywood actors to cellular proteins and lets us into the private (and unexpectedly exciting and humorous) world of mathematicians and physics professors. The 80/20 rule is described as it applies to monetary success by people, web site success with Internet traffic, frequency of protein use in cellular reactions, and evolutionary success of DNA mutations. Be forewarned, the chapter on network economy will not be calming at this ...more
Zak J
A wonderful book. I'm particularly interested in networks so this was right up my ally. Well written, at about the perfect technical level for someone with a math/physics background but not an expert. I can't recommend this book enough.
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Linked.... 1 21 Apr 24, 2007 07:41AM  
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  • Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
Albert-László Barabási is a Hungarian-American physicist born in Transylvania, Romania, best known for his work in the research of network theory.
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