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Bursts by Albert-László Barabási
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Feb 10, 12

Read in January, 2012

I should have given up on this book but I finished it anyway, expecting a payoff late in the text. Unfortunately, my initial impression was correct, and this is a magazine article pretending to be a book.
The basic idea - that most human activity occurs in short, concentrated bursts - is interesting enough, but all the author's supporting evidence could have fit into about three pages. The alternating chapters may be interesting to someone really into Eastern European history, but to me they read like someone who corners you at a party and wants to tell you all about his fascinating ancestry (one of the historical figures is an ancestor of the author). These parts of the book don't do much to hold up the thesis, and seem spliced in more for the author's own enjoyment that for any kind of clarity or evidence.
I may still give his earlier book a try, since it sounds like it's more scientifically rigorous, but my dislike of this one has pushed it way down on my reading list.
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