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Book Cover Image. Title: Linked:  How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life, Author: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi


Albert-Laszlo BarabasiAlbert-Laszlo Barbasi

Albert-László Barabási's Linked and Duncan Watts's Six Degrees, both published roughly ten years ago, remain the two best introductions to network theory. (Some readers will have encountered some of the concepts they explore in Malcolm Gladwell's mega-bestseller The Tipping Point.) Buy Now

Book Cover Image. Title: Six Degrees:  The Secrets of a Connected Age, Author: Duncan J. Watts

Six Degrees

Duncan J. Watts

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Book Cover Image. Title: The Social Conquest of Earth, Author: Edward O. Wilson

The Social Conquest of Earth

Edward O. Wilson

Wilson's latest is a fascinating argument for the power of group selection in the evolutionary history of human beings and the social insects. But perhaps more than that, it's a revealing first-person study of a great scientist changing his mind about an important theory. Buy Now

Book Cover Image. Title: The Superorganism:  The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies, Author: Bert Holldobler

The Superorganism

Bert HolldoblerEdward O. Wilson

A perfect companion to The Social Conquest of Earth, with spectacular images that document the extraordinary communities of the social insects. Buy Now

Book Cover Image. Title: Smart Mobs:  The Next Social Revolution, Author: Howard Rheingold

Smart Mobs

Howard Rheingold

Rheingold's delightful tour through the new modes of connection is as much about the technology and sociology of networks as it is about the science. The book has only grown more essential since it was published, as social networking has exploded as a core form of global communication. Buy Now

Book Cover Image. Title: Nonzero:  The Logic of Human Destiny, Author: Robert Wright


Robert Wright

Wright's account of the long evolutionary and cultural history of exchanges where all parties win (as opposed to zero-sum games where there has to be a winner and a loser) has reverberated in my mind for more than a decade. It's one of those books that takes you effortlessly from jellyfish to the first human civilizations to the Internet -- and charts the shared qualities that connect those different realms. Buy Now