Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s Booktalk: Bellwether by Connie Willis

Fads and scientific discovery have a lot in common, as with any human accomplishment the come about through means that are “messy, haphazard, misdirected, and heavily influenced by chance.”

Dr. Sandra Foster’s job as a sociologist is studying the origins of fads for the HiTek research cooperation. She wants to know how and why fads begin, enter Flip a mail clerk who delivers a box.

The box was for Dr. Turnball, which takes Sandra to Dr. Bennett O’Reilly. Bennett is studying chaos theory and its trends on behavioral patterns. Only thing is Chaos Theory is not a fad and his funding form was not delivered by Flip at the right time.

Sandra and Bennett will then team up to advance their scientific discoveries of behavior patterns of fads and chaos. What will they find? The point of origin? The bellwether? Maybe, even Love?

Get your nerd on!!! If you enjoyed the book and maybe even the science behind it, check out this website about Collective Behavior--this is the umbrella theory that Sandra's research is based in. Collective Behavior, an introduction.

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