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SuperConnect blog book review

The book by Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood, Superconnect: Harnessing the power of networks and the strength of weak links (Norton 2010) triggered enough posts on this blog to warrant a blook review (a blog book review). I did not particularly like the book because it is much too heavy on journalistic accounts and hopping from anecdote to anecdote without enough synthesis – ironic that this blogger, the apotheosis of writing scattered, unintegrated nuggets of ideas, would criticize this! – and it is tendentious.

Still, Superconnect inspired some blogable thoughts (See my post of Dec. 19, 2010: “small world” networks; Dec. 31, 2010: “weak ties” and their strengths in networks; Jan. 3, 2011: definition of network and applications to law departments; Jan. 14, 2011: retainer’s regret; and Jan. 26, 2011: concentration in legal cottage industries.). Two other books on a similar topic are Duncan Watts, Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton Univ. 1999) and Mark Buchanan, Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks (W.W. Norton 2002).