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Bursts by Albert-László Barabási
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Jul 31, 12

Read from July 09 to 27, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this book. It has it's good moments and now and then I get the same feeling of awe and inspiration as I got with his "Linked" book, but by mixing the historical background story with his personal exploration of the importance of bursts in nature, science and humanity, the cocktail didn't really work for me.

I often get the impression it's more of a personal diary of glorification instead of a scientific exploration. If it had been written by another person than himself, you would think he payed the guy to make the story better than it already was. In this case however, he wrote the book himself. It's cheaper that way in more than one sense.

Conclusion: he had better written two separate books, one about his family history in the context of greater events, and one about the importance of burst and how it scientifically translates. We might have learned a lot more, and might have better understood what's so new about bursts that it merits an entire book (at least half a book).
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