The Square and the Tower

The Square and the Tower

Networks and Power, From the Freemasons to Facebook

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Ferguson believes that hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on, and historians are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, Ferguson examines the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory— concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions— can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735222915
0735222916
Branch Call Number: 302.3 Fe
Characteristics: xxvii, 563 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm

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Jul 08, 2018

the last 100 pages covering the evolution of social networks and their impact (i.e. Brexit, Trump) are worthwhile reading

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Mar 04, 2018

He uses so many words the book's prose can best be described as dense, as in a dense thicket. I wish he had more poetry experience. With a poem the more thought you put into it the fewer words you need. He needs more thought.

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