Is there a 'physics of society'? Philip Ball's investigation into human nature ranges from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, across economics, sociology and psychology. Ball shows how much of human behaviour we can understand when we cease trying to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions, in circumstances in which human beings both co-operate and conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is ...

Critical Mass 2005, Arrow Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780099457862

Mass-market paperback

Critical Mass 2004, William Heinemann Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780434011353