The pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks. In this remarkable book, Duncan Watts, one of the principal architects of network theory, sets out to explain the innovative research that he and other scientists are spearheading to create a blueprint of our connected planet. Whether they bind computers, economies, or terrorist organizations, networks are everywhere in the real world, yet only recently have scientists attempted to explain their mysterious workings. From epidemics of disease to outbreaks of market madness, from people searching for information to firms surviving crisis and change, from the structure of personal relationships to the technological and social choices of entire societies, Watts weaves together a network of discoveries across an array of disciplines to tell the story of an explosive new field of knowledge, the people who are building it, and his own peculiar path in forging this new science.
Jacob Marley is an ex-marine, ex-cop, and now the chief crime reporter for the city's largest newspaper, The Herald. Using his contacts on both sides of the law, he is ideally positioned to help capture a serial killer who appears to be choosing victims at random. The victims' only connection is their gender: All are women. Marley writes an article giving the killer the nickname "Six Degrees," as in six degrees of separation. He appeals to the public because someone must know the killer. One city, a serial killer, countless bodies, six degrees of separation. And so the chase begins, but who is chasing whom?
Release on 2012-02-10 | by Douglas T. Kenrick,Noah J. Goldstein,Sanford L. Braver
Science, Application, and the Psychology of Robert Cialdini
Author: Douglas T. Kenrick,Noah J. Goldstein,Sanford L. Braver
Pubpsher: OUP USA
Over the course of the last four decades, Robert Cialdini's work has helped spark an intellectual revolution in which social psychological ideas have become increasingly influential. The concepts presented in his book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, have spread well beyond the geographic boundaries of North America and beyond the field of academic social psychology into the areas of business, health, and politics. In this book, leading authors, who represent many different countries and disciplines, explore new developments and the widespread impact of Cialdini's work in research areas ranging from persuasion strategy and social engineering to help-seeking and decision-making. Among the many topics covered, the authors discuss how people underestimate the influence of others, how a former computer hacker used social engineering to gain access to highly confidential computer codes, and how biology and evolution figure into the principles of influence. The authors break new ground in the study of influence.
'Six degrees of separation' is a cliche, as is 'it's a small world', both cliches of the language and cliches of everyday experience. But it's also an intriguing idea with a long history and some surprising implications. We all live in tightly bonded social networks, yet linked to vast numbers of people more closely than we sometimes think. Scientists have begun to apply insights from the theoretical study of networks to understand forms as superficially different as social networks and electrical networks, computer networks and economic networks, and to show how common principles underlie them all. Duncan J. Watts explores the science of networks and its implications, ranging from the Dutch tulipmania of the seventeenth century, the success of Harry Potter, the impact of September 11th on Manhattan, to the structure of the world wide web.
"Do you believe in heaven? People say every person's heaven is different depending on what they wanted in life." "Well, somehow I doubt God has prepared for me the world's largest whorehouse with free liquor and continuous showings of Three Stooges movies." Such is conversation between Heather Davies and Garret Roark, lead actress and producer respectively of Melrose Hills, once the country's highest rated teen television drama, now reduced to almost certain cancellation, as they walk along a Malibu beach film set. Five minutes later the snowy sand is stained with her blood after she is shot in front of a nationwide audience during a live broadcast of the show. Six Degrees of Warren Beatty is the story of Garret and his cast of young misfits and how their struggle to save the show became the darkest of the many black comedies written about Hollywood. Leading the charge is Hillary Davies, mother of the lead actress. The King Kong of Hollywood moms, Hillary has dedicated her life to making her hellion actress daughter a movie star and she's not about to let this bump in the road stop her. She conceives a plan, marrying the current "reality show" sensibility with the old "who shot J.R." cliffhanger drama, but needs Garret's cooperation to push it through. Seeing no alternatives, he reluctantly agrees, setting into motion a cycle of desperation and depravity bizarre even by Hollywood standards.