Rachele's Reviews > Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life

Linked by Albert-László Barabási
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Jul 29, 07

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bookshelves: physics, partially-read, complexity
Read in July, 2007

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 find the book somewhat longwinded. Or you might just find it that way period. I've noticed that everybody else on goodreads who has this book has it either on currently reading or to-read shelf... And I'm not half way done with it yet either. I do want to applaud his efforts at regularly giving short-outs to his grad students. He does a lot of name dropping in this book, but mostly in a good way to people who deserve it. Other than that, all I have to say so far is that (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Chapter 8 is gonna blow your mind when you find out that Bill Gates is a Bose-Einstein Condensate! OMG!
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Jerry Travis Even though I work in the IT field, I found this book very enlightening about how many different areas of daily life networks can be applied to (even terrorist cells). I especially liked Rachel's comment, "Prostitutes are like google and your personal website is probably like a virgin." Oh, so true! It's funny but very typical of networks in general.

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