Books by Mark Buchanan

Released: March 26, 2013

"The author's stimulating deconstruction of contemporary economic theory parallels a treatment of major positive developments in physical sciences and pays due respect to the functions of government and law."
Former Nature and New Scientist editor Buchanan (The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You, 2007, etc.) offers his take on why economic theory breaks down when it comes to making predictions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's impossible to say whether the social side of Buchanan's fatalistic thesis will prove elaborately wrong, though he argues it with fervor and elegance."
Buchanan, a writer for Nature and a theoretical physicist, summarizes the law of universality, a sweeping concept that is very much a work in progress. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the author's penchant for distracting digressions, a terrific, essential addition to the library of popular-science books."
Former Nature editor Buchanan (Ubiquity, 2001) takes an intriguing, accessible look at the mathematics behind the "six degrees of separation" theory. Read full book review >