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The Rules of Contagion

Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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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 shaped 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 innovations and emotions can spread through our friendship networks, what STDs can tell us about banking and why some outbreak predictions go badly wrong.

©2020 Adam Kucharski (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK
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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-2020

ABSOLUTELY TIMELY AND WORTHY

Listened at a time when Corona Virus has become a global pandemic, the lessons are vital mostly at this time and the knowledge in dealing with every other form of Contagion including the Social media.
Awesome work and yes I will listen again to fully grasp and internalise the most vital information from the book.
Second listen done! I will be back.

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  • Nicholas Cannon
  • 14-04-2020

The only thing missing is the word COVID19

I read this book in April 2020, 3 weeks into the UK’s lockdown. While fellow professionals of Kucharski might find fault (that’s what they do), I found this book not just revealing but almost prophetic. For epidemiologist there’s little to learn I would imagine but for a regular Joe Bloggs, this book was accessible, explaining in an accessible way without being patronising. It’s also me me angry that such knowledge exists but that governments all over the world, have fallen short in their preparations.

I’m so glad

I’ll definitely listen to it again.

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  • The BoatBuilder
  • 04-04-2020

How topical

This book gives a fascinating insight into many different forms of contagion, not just obvious.
It’s well structured and presented.
And most topical....

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  • Bex
  • 14-04-2020

Timely reading/listening

Well researched and excellently connecting the various subject areas where 'contagion' occurs, that parallel infectious disease outbreaks and the value of statistical data modelling.

A book where a hard copy would also be beneficial to refer back to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-2020

a great listen in the topic that is well informed

well researched and portrayed stories of contagion and viruses across many domains. easy listen and educational. will buy future Kucharski books.

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  • Joanne Scotland
  • 01-07-2020

Informative and enlightening.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. As we are in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, it was incredibly relevant. Well researched examples and anecdotes, and not too mind-numbingly technical or dry on the scientific explanations. I highly recommend if, like me, you want to understand more about the pandemic situation we’re in right now.

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  • Rex
  • 01-05-2020

Boring

This book was not for me. It did not live up to the reviews, very boring. Doesn’t really end up actually saying much.

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  • Philip Thorne
  • 26-04-2020

A timely book

Incredibly thorough and would definitely recommend. From not just disease but to crime and social media use, contagion modelling has never been more important

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  • Boatshed Neil
  • 22-04-2020

blissful listening ;)

blissful listening ;)

A blissful listen during the current chaos :)
Simply excellent !
thanks