Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means
||Author: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo Barbasi|
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Publisher: Plume (29 April, 2003)
Average Customer Rating: 4.04 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
I read this book
I liked it. I read, but I rarely finish a book. I finished this one.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Not for the general reader.
After reading a third of the book, I finally gave up out of sheer disinterest. The way the book is presented would probably be ideal for a student of network dynamics, or even a mathmetician. For an average reader like myself, it is far too detailed and laborious. There is very little entertainment value in the discussions that surround the occasional revelations. My suggestion: Read the abbridged version.
Rating: 2 out of 5
My expectations were too high
I had received this book from a friend, and my expectations were high, too high.
The book starts good, but it runs out of gas about halfway, when the author keeps repeating the same theories over and over again, just trying to get enough 'search keywords" in his book to get more hits on book search engines.
Also, it is too obvious that it is written by a theoretical scientist, not an observational one. Once he has an idea of how his theory 'should' be, he is just adding enough components and factors to his formula to prove that the reality is exactly like his theory. A scientist should sometimes accept that he's not able to explain what he sees. The author was to proud to get to that stage.
I also agree with some other reviewers that the author does a great job promoting his own accomplishments, 'en passant' slapping in the face of government agencies for not granting him money for his research.
Overall, the book would have been better at about 100 page instead of 226.
I stuggled through the book, but it was a big effort, and I did it only because I received the book and promised to discuss it. If my expectations had been lower, I would have appreciated this more.
I am very interested by the subject, but will have to look for the better books about it.
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