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August 01, 2006


Niel Robertson

Your point is well taken (DaVinci Code is about 144 on Amazon Sales Rank and Atlas Shrugged around 1900 as of last night). Still a 10x difference. Think of it this way. You're a string theorist and you're on a bus. There are two people sitting across from you. One is reading The Elegant Universe (one of the popular books on string theory) and the other person is reading the DaVinci Code, who do you think you'd have more in common with if you started a conversation. The more obscure you make the example, the more likely the value of the connection. All networks and network connections are not created equal.

Dave Jilk


Atlas Shrugged has sold over 5 million copies over the past 50 years, and it is typically in the top 500 on Amazon even now. Although DaVinci Code has sold more copies than that, it's not a lot more (7-10 million). And just a wild-ass guess but I suspect Code won't be selling too well in 50 years.

I am a smart boy but I don't understand either the logic or the math behind your law of social networks. Perhaps you need to explain the example more completely.

james governor

mitochondria indeed. loic le meur the other day pointed to "pornotube"... which is seeing exponential growth no surprise there then.

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