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Bursts by Albert-László Barabási
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Feb 01, 2011

it was ok
Read in January, 2011

I wanted to like this more than I did. Was a fan of Barabasi's last book on networks but I couldn't help but find this one a bit weak. While the concept of "bursts" as a pattern to explain much of human activity over time is interesting it just doesn't seem to resonate like the power laws of the last book did. Also found the constant switching back and forth between the present time and some of the historical stories a bit annoying and staged. There were many interesting bits throughout the book but I came away wishing it had just been written with less affectation and more directness.
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