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"In Linked, Barabasi showed us how complex networks unfold in space. In Bursts, he shows us how they unfold in time. Your life may look random to you, but everything from your visits to a web page to your visits to the doctor are predictable, and happen in bursts."
-Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody
"Barabasi is one of the few people in the world who understand the deep structure of empirical reality."
-Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan
"Barabási brings a physicist's penetrating eye to a sweeping range of human activities, from migration to web browsing, from wars to billionaires, from illnesses to letter writing, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Conclave of Cardinals. Barabási shows how a pattern of bursts appears in what has long seemed a random mess. These bursts are both mathematically predictable and beautiful. What a joy it is to read him. You feel like you have emerged to see a new vista that, while it had always been there, you had just never seen."
-Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
"Bursts is a rich, rewarding read that illuminates a cutting-edge topic: the patterns of human mobility in an era of total surveillance. The narrative structure of Barabási's provocative book mimics the very pattern of bursts, as abrupt jumps through the lives of a post-modern sculptor, a medieval Hungarian revolutionist, and Albert Einstein eventually converge on a single theme: that our unthinking behaviors are governed by a deeper meaning that can only be deciphered through the brave lens of mathematics."
-Ogi Ogas, Ph.D., and Sai Gaddam, Ph.D., Boston University
"Barbasi, a distinguished scientist of complex networks, bravely tests his innovative theories on some historic events, including a sixteenth-century Crusade that went terribly wrong. Whether or not the concept of "burstiness" is the key to unlocking human behavior, it is nonetheless a fascinating new way to think about some very old questions."
-Thomas F. Madden, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval History, Saint Louis University, author of The New Concise History of the Crusades
Albert-László Barabási is the distinguished university professor and the founding director of the Center for Network Science at Northeastern University. He holds an appointment at the Department of Medicine in Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also the author of Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else.
Much maligned by some reviewers, especially those who liked his first book Linked. But I think Barabasi is making a shrewd and subtle point about the nature of reality (and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex Tamsula
I love Linked and I gave it a 5 star, but I can't keep reading this book. It is way too detailed on aspects that sometimes seem secondary to the main topic.Published 10 months ago by Alessandro Piovaccari
Great insights, historic approach, data infused but gently presented. Fun book.Published 13 months ago by Markos Kounalakis
Too much talking about his own personal experience. Just wish he'd get to the point.Published 15 months ago by J. Schrempp
A lot of bad reviews being written about this book
I couldn't but it down - the beautifully painted narrative covers past and extremely interesting historical events,... Read more
Barabasi is clearly a great thinker on this topic, but seems to know more than he shares in this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jacco
This is interesting as a concept, but there are several arguments for this "bursty" self-organization that simply don't ring true. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Spends a lot of time regurgitating the history of early Hungary and Transylvania (his homeland) for reasons that never do become particularly clear. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by John S. Dowd
Painful. Like one of the reviewers wrote, a 20 page summary would send the message, unless you want to learn about Transylvania and "quasi-pointless" random stories. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Marcelo Reginato