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The rules of contagion : why things spread - and why they stop

Author: Adam Kucharski, (Mathematician)
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Kucharski, (Mathematician)
ISBN: 9781541674318 1541674316
OCLC Number: 1135576436
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2020 by Profile Books, Ltd."--Title page verso.
Description: 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: Why things spread - and why they stop
Responsibility: Adam Kucharski.

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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.

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