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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (18 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445209144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445209142
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Nov 2010
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It takes a lot of time and effort to pull together this many different threads and come up with something coherent. The author pulls of this difficult trick rather well.

One of the things I really liked about it was the multi-disciplinary approach (by which I don't mean that one can demonstrate knowledge from several disciplines but rather show how thinking in one discipline can be carried over to another, an act of abstraction).

Dr Hercock covers a myriad of subjects and domains of interest through the book bringing to bear a spirit of synthesis which I think is often lacking in contemporary thinking because of the emphasis on specialisation.

The Author delivers a tour de force of how multi-disciplinary thinking can combine with Systems Thinking and Complexity to cast new and important perspectives on many intractable modern problems.

If in doing so the he sometimes drfits a little to close to conflating speculation and fact for one's particular comfort it is easy to forgive due to the number of insightful gems with which the work is peppered.

This is a generous book from a truly passionate thinker and writer covering urgant topics.It deserves to be widely read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Madelin on 6 Jun 2010
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Dr Hercock's book is an exciting and highly accessible study of complexity; largely as it relates to our increasingly networked world. This is a particularly relevant theme, and a subject with profound implications for us all. It is also one which has been largely ignored by Business, despite it's potentially massive and disruptive impact. There are strong signs that the acknowledgement of network complexity is growing, and Robert's powerful thesis that "cohesion" is the thing that counts is superbly presented. I found this book entertaining, exciting, and pitched at a perfect level to make it readable as well as educational. He has also done a great job of referencing his sources opening up all sorts of stimulating avenues for further exploration of a well articulated and compelling subject - I strongly reccomend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ushiaon Eteaity on 28 Feb 2010
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I have not only read his book but also attended a seminar given by the author, needless to say, I find him and his book just brilliant.

Dr Hercock has brought history, complex system theory, anthropology, sociology, faith and a wealth of ideas together in a very down to earth, witty and enlightening idea of cohesion at all levels of society through time and space.

The idea of the emergence of cohesion as an intrinsic process of humanity, I find, both very positive and fascinating. However, and more importantly, the idea seems quite plausible after reading his book.

Must read as is not only interesting in content is also fun thanks to his good sense of humour.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olive on 5 Oct 2010
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Hercock, with a background in Robots and complex systems, tells us in Cohesion how we might forge a better and more adaptable society. The book is both informative and entertaining, while offering important perspectives on the information and industrial revolutions, and the patterns of previous empires. The book is accessible, and academic, as the author is a Cambridge graduate who, oddly enough, also knows how to communicate. The book gives us the most important lessons from the latest in the field of complex systems which are important for human survival. Read it, and put a copy in the hands of your favorite government or business leader.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Duman on 10 Aug 2010
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The author presents an exciting and inspiring view on the importance of cohesion in societies at all levels in a very intelligent style where he blends views and explanations from history, technology, science, business, politics and faith in such a way that the author's thesis on cohesion is indeed quite convincing.

This book is also a nice journey in time describing the technological evolution and how and what kind of an effect it has had on our social societies and networks.

The book besides being educative and informative is also very exciting and entertaining- it's one of these books which while you are reading one page you want to know what's written in the next one.

I really recommend everyone to read this book, it's simply excellent.
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