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The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop (Hardback, Main)

By Kucharski, Adam
Edited by Barrie, Francesca

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Why do some ideas take off - and others fail to spread? Why are some diseases predictable, and others swamped in uncertainty? And what about the outbreaks that never happen at all? We live in a world that's more connected than ever before. But even as we see our lives being shape...d by the spread of ideas, trends - and even diseases - we sometimes struggle to grasp how it actually works. Outbreaks seem to be driven by randomness and hidden laws, and in order to understand them, we need to start thinking like mathematicians. Here, epidemiologist Adam Kucharski reveals how new mathematical approaches are transforming what we know about contagion - from the revolutionary initiatives that helped tackle gun violence in Chicago to the truth behind the spread of fake news. And along the way, he'll explain how happiness and depression can spread through our friendship networks, what STDs can tell us about banking, and why some predictions go badly wrong (and why that might not be a bad thing).
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ISBN 9781788160193
Released NZ 28 Apr 2020
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Format Hardback, Main
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Series Wellcome Collection
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ISBN-13 9781788160193
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Wellcome Collection
Released 28 Apr 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Kucharski, Adam
Edited by Barrie, Francesca
Series Wellcome Collection
Category Mathematical Modelling
Popular Science
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 511.8
Weight 545g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Mathematical models - Popular works - Social aspects, Mathematical models - Popular works, Epidemics - Popular works
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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