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The rules of contagion : why things spread -- and why they stop / Adam Kucharski.

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Summary:

A deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population. A political movement gathers pace, and then quickly vanishes. An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever. We live in a world that's more interconnected than ever before. Our lives are shaped by outbreaks - of disease, of misinformation, even of violence - that appear, spread and fade away with bewildering speed. To understand them, we need to learn the hidden laws that govern them. From 'superspreaders' who might spark a pandemic or bring down a financial system to the social dynamics that make loneliness catch on, The Rules of Contagion offers compelling insights into human behaviour and explains how we can get better at predicting what happens next. Along the way, Adam Kucharski explores how innovations spread through friendship networks, what links computer viruses with folk stories - and why the most useful predictions aren't necessarily the ones that come true.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 302 KUC 2020 (Text) 33892100701623 Adult New Books Book None 10/02/2020 In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541674318
  • ISBN: 1541674316
  • Physical Description: 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2020 by Profile Books, Ltd."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-319) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A theory of happenings -- Panics and pandemics -- The measure of friendship -- Something in the air -- Going viral -- How to own the internet -- Tracking outbreaks -- A spot of trouble.
Summary, etc.:
A deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population. A political movement gathers pace, and then quickly vanishes. An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever. We live in a world that's more interconnected than ever before. Our lives are shaped by outbreaks - of disease, of misinformation, even of violence - that appear, spread and fade away with bewildering speed. To understand them, we need to learn the hidden laws that govern them. From 'superspreaders' who might spark a pandemic or bring down a financial system to the social dynamics that make loneliness catch on, The Rules of Contagion offers compelling insights into human behaviour and explains how we can get better at predicting what happens next. Along the way, Adam Kucharski explores how innovations spread through friendship networks, what links computer viruses with folk stories - and why the most useful predictions aren't necessarily the ones that come true.
Subject: Contagion (Social psychology)
Contagion (Social psychology) > Mathematical models > Popular works.
Social networks > Research.
Epidemics > Popular works.

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