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The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success Hardcover – November 6, 2018

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An Amazon Best Book of November 2018: Did you ever wish you could break down the secret of success to a mathematical equation? It will never be that simple, but Albert-László Barabási's The Formula makes a case. This is not your run-of-the-mill self-help book for seekers of self-confidence and self-esteem. Barabási— the author of several books including Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do and Linked: The New Science of Networks—coalesces scientific and mathematical principles into Five Laws of Success, illustrating them with Gladwellian examples to demonstrate that achievement and performance, while crucial, don't necessarily lead to desired outcomes for teams and individuals. The Formula is required reading for anyone building organizations or just curious about the unseen mechanisms that propel a select few to the highest levels. —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review

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"This is not just an important but an imperative project: to approach the problem of randomness and success using the state of the art scientific arsenal we have. Barabasi is the person."―Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the New York Times bestselling The Black Swan and Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU

"Laszlo Barabasi is an extraordinary scientist who has enjoyed great success. He brings to bear all of his capacity as the former to understand the latter--to our great benefit. Writing in a lively fashion, he illuminates broad principles that explain how people in all fields--from entrepreneurs to scientists to athletes to artists--achieve success. The insights are novel and useful, and backed not just by vivid stories, but also by the sorts of detailed and inventive scientific analyses, plainly explained, for which Barabasi is rightly famous."
Nicholas Christakis, co-author of Connected and the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University

"In his new book, Laszlo Barabasi delights us with the stories and mechanisms that explain success in our achievement obsessed society."
Cesar A. Hidalgo, author of Why Information Grows and Director of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab

"Barabasi will indelibly transform the way we all think about success."
Alex Pentland, author of Social Physics and Toshiba Professor at MIT

"It's rare that a book about success turns out to be such a page-turner, but there you go. File [The Formula] away with Freakonomics or Outliers."―Geekwire

"A fascinating new book."
Bloomberg Businessweek

"If you are currently at the top of your field, but you want to knock everyone else off the mountain, Barabasi will tell you how. And if you're not quite there yet, these laws might give you something to think about on the way up."
Lifehacker

"A fun, fast, first-hand account of efforts to use big data to pull back the curtain on our collective dynamics.The Formula offers a rich tour of research on how relatively simple feedback forces channel our lives in surprising and counter-intuitive ways."―Nature

"The Formula is an important book for us all to read. It weaves together meticulously researched historical context with more than a decade of Barabási's and other scholars' "eureka moments" and research findings to extract scientific principles and actionable insights for achieving success."―Science

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  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316505498
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316505499
  • Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.13 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (November 6, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem packed with science, that reads like a novel
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This book is a game changer. Rivetting, fascinating, a real educator in levelliing the playing field, understanding how the game is played, (and rigged) and inserting your skills in the mix to create your own personal successes. I must read this again, and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Data science based success practice: interesting insights
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