Sunday, July 5, 2009

Celebrating the 4th of July and the Fragile Networks book press release goes viral

Yesterday was a brilliant 4th of July in Amherst, Massachusetts and we celebrated the day by going to the town parade in which neighbors and friends who weren't lining the downtown streets marched. Amherst is celebrating its 250th anniversary so there was a float to commemorate this major anniversary as well as groups from the Knights of Columbus and from the League of Women voters to the local Kung Fu club. The parade began with town emergency vehicles from the police cars to the fire trucks and ambulances, complete with blaring sirens, and the parade even featured a group of dancing horses.

We watched the parade with my co-author of the Fragile Networks book, Dr. Qiang "Patrick" Qiang, who brought his infant son (who slept through it all in the very fresh air), wife, and mother-in-law, who had recently arrived from China. It was especially sweet and interesting to see her experience her first 4th of July parade in the USA. Last night the sky over Amherst lit up with the fireworks display, which was spectacular!

Friday, July 3, 2009, ResearchandMarkets issued a press release on our Fragile Networks book that was circulated through Business Wire and that went viral with the news posted on,,,, and a spectrum of business, supply chain, finance, engineering, math, and other web sites. It was very exciting to see our book, published by Wiley, publicized in this way. We have captured some of the links here.