Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician best known for his contribution to network theory. Here he looks at the phenomenon of sync: independent agents (the light emitting organs of fireflies, women's menstrual cycles, cars accelerating and breaking in traffic traffic) start to act as if they were driven by some higher power.
Strogatz writes good science, and the problems are quite interesting - but hardly world shattering. One leaves the book with the idea that this sync thing is quite cool, but it's probably best not to get too excited about it because it can't live up to too much expectation. If you are to read only one science book this year, I don't recommend you choose this one....Continua