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Philip Ball Critical Mass

How One Thing Leads to Another

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Farrar Straus & Giroux

USA

2006

Paperback

520

Heavy

248138

978-0-374-53041-9

0-374-53041-6

Sociology.

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Are there "natural laws" that govern the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves, just as there are physical laws that govern the motions of atoms and planets? Unlikely as it may seem, such laws now seem to be emerging from attempts to bring the tools and concepts of physics into the social sciences. These new discoveries are part of an old tradition. In the seventeenth century the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, dismayed by the impending civil war in England, decided that he would work out what kind of government was needed for a stable society. His solution sparked a new way of thinking about human behavior in looking for the "scientific" rules of society.

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