- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (February 17, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393325423
- ISBN-13: 978-0393325423
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Starred Review. Watts smoothly combines a historical survey of the field with real-world examples. Well-done [and] comprehensive.”
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“Duncan Watts is so clear and so readable about one of the world's most mystifying subjects that he will probably leave you with your thinking changed forever.”
- Alan Alda
“This is a story that is both personal and remarkable for its ability to convey the wonder of complex science.”
- Bill Miller, CEO of Legg Mason Funds
“Watts's insights into the interconnections that bind us together...offer a vital new framework for understanding our global society.”
- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
“Here is a wonderful science book you won't want to put down...relevant to an amazing variety of subjects, including epidemics, markets, scientific collaboration, and terrorism.”
- Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Laureate in physics, cofounder of the Santa Fe Institute
“Written in as accessible and jaunty a fashion as James Watson's Double Helix, Six Degrees provides a deft, informative, and deeply engaging story of how the multidisciplinary science of networks has come into being.”
- Robert K. Merton, University Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
About the Author
Duncan J. Watts is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
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There was one aspect particularly exciting for me. As a Christian, I revisited the Book of Acts after reading this book. I thought about the fact that if Christ had lived the 12 apostles might not have dispersed - they would have remained clustered in one group. Their disbursement was crucial to the proliferation of a network and in a sense provides another form of validating the author's thoughts on thresholds and cascading effects. An incredible mind was certainly at work!
I gave one start less than five, though, due to the author's tendency for age discrimination in the area of people doing graduate work. I started graduate school well into my forties. :-)
The theory on its own was the eye opener for me. It gives you some feeling with phenomena as epidemics, new social media breakthrough or failure etc. without ever boring you as a reader.
The strongest point is that it crosses the borders of different disciplines and by such will raise interest in both math oriented and human oriented sciences. I will remember it for sure.
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A must read book for those who want to understand how everything is connected. I strongly recommend.