Bookshelf

A curated list of books about network analysis, culturomics, and social physics.

General overviews

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (Duncan J Watts)
The first book I read about network analysis and the one that’s responsible for igniting my passion for the field. Still a great overview of the topic.

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life (Albert-Laszlo Barabasi)
Along with Connected by Christakis and Fowler (see below), this is the best general introduction to network analysis and its potential for business, health and other fields.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Nicholas A Christakis & James H Fowler)

Positive Linking: How Networks Can Revolutionise the World (Paul Ormerod)

Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World (David Easley & Jon Kleinberg)

Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another (Philip Ball)

Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, and Findings (Charles Kadushin)

The Intelligent Web: Search, smart algorithms, and big data (Gautam Shroff)

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Kenneth Cukier)

Design and visualisation

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (Manuel Lima)

Technical and development

Social Network Analysis for Startups: Finding connections on the social web (Maksim Tsvetovat & Alexander Kouznetsov)

Networks: An Introduction (Mark Newman)

Graph Databases (Ian Robinson, Jim Webber & Emil Eifrem)