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The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives
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Christopher G. Brinton Mung Chiang
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The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives

Christopher G. Brinton Mung Chiang


Princeton University Pres

Impact of science & technology on society;
Ethical & social aspects of computing;
Computer networking & communications


328 pages

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What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order search results? Is it really true that everyone on Facebook is connected by six steps or less? The Power of Networks answers questions like these for the first time in a way that all of us can understand. Using simple language, analogies, stories, hundreds of illustrations, and no more math than simple addition and multiplication, Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang provide a smart and accessible introduction to the handful of big ideas that drive the computer networks we use every day. The Power of Networks unifies these ideas through six fundamental principles of networking. These principles explain the difficulties in sharing network resources efficiently, how crowds can be wise or not so wise depending on the nature of their connections, why there are many layers in a network, and more. Along the way, the authors also talk with and share the special insights of renowned experts such as Google's Eric Schmidt, former Verizon Wireless CEO Dennis Strigl, and fathers of the Internet Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn.

By:   Christopher G. Brinton, Mung Chiang
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9780691183305
ISBN 10:   0691183309
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Christopher G. Brinton is the Head of Advanced Research at Zoomi Inc., where he works on big-data analytics, social learning networks, and personalized learning. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University. Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton, where he also serves as chairman of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. In 2013, he received the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation. Since 2012, Brinton and Chiang have introduced networks to hundreds of thousands of people around the world through massive open online courses.

The Power of Networks is a well-written and engaging book that I think many readers will find interesting and insightful. --Jason M. Graham, MAA Reviews Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang offer an open and accessible pathway through the complexity of network design and deployment . . . a readily understood, yet commendably deep, analysis of the technology and its operation. . . . To describe this book as a course in digital citizenship would not be to overstate its importance. --John Gilbey, Times Higher Education Networks have played a powerful connective role in human societies since the dawn of agriculture. Brinton and Chiang document and analyze this phenomenon--and reinforce our appreciation of it. --Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang both have backgrounds in electrical engineering, which combined with experience of topics like big data analytics allows them to strike an authoritative but accessible tone. --Dominic Lenton, Engineering and Technology

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