Working the network

I was touring around Wordsworth Books in Cambridge yesterday afternoon when I stumbled across
Linked: The New Science of Networks
by Albert-László Barabási. I don’t know about you, but I keep running across network theory everywhere I look, from biotech applications, to Internet protocols, to six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon style pop sociology. Networks are hot. Now is the time to learn about networks. Is this the book to learn from? The reviews on the jacket looked encouraging, but then, they always do.

Then I stumbled across a review of the book at He liked it. I bought the last book he recommended (“Word Freak,” a chronicle of the competitive Scrabble world), it was damn good. So I reckon I’ll get this one too.