My new book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop uncovers the underlying principles that drive contagion, from infectious diseases and online misinformation to gun violence and financial crises. It explains what makes things spread, why outbreaks look like they do, and how we can change what happens in future.
It is being published by Profile/Wellcome Collection in the UK and Basic Books in the US. Translation rights have also been sold in Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Thailand and Ukraine. My agent is Peter Tallack at The Science Factory.
"Prepares the ground comprehensively for readers to make sense of what is happening today, by distilling the wisdom gathered by studying previous epidemics over more than a century" —Financial Times
"An astonishingly bold survey of, well, the epidemiology of more or less everything in our inter-connected world... brilliant" —Daily Mail
"In-depth, meticulously researched and brilliant book... Kucharski’s work makes welcome sense of the current chaos in a way that is accessible, relatable and insightful" —Sydney Morning Herald
"A useful, eye-opening read... much of the modern world will make more sense having read it" —The Times
"Learned and lucid" —Prospect Magazine
"An impressively fluent, fascinating and accessible introduction to how epidemics, trends, behaviours and ideas start, spread – and end" —New Statesman
"Smart and engaging" —New York Times
"Lively, intriguing and elegant" —The Spectator
"Fascinating exploration of the mathematics of things that go viral... utterly timely and readable" —Kirkus Reviews
"The Rules of Contagion is the book you might want to reach for... interesting and topical" —The Guardian
"Of pressing interest to all of us... Illuminating" —The Sunday Times
My work on the science of contagion has been covered by several media outlets, including interviews with TED, Sky News, Sunday Times, i newspaper, New York Times, New Scientist, and BBC Radio 4.
The coronavirus, by the numbers: A mathematician who studies the spread of disease explains some of the figures that keep popping up in news about the outbreak https://t.co/JbGOXkHa6T— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 5, 2020
Misinformation on the coronavirus might be the most contagious thing about it | Adam Kucharski https://t.co/yHlxNY3lrh— Guardian Opinion (@guardianopinion) February 8, 2020
Adam Kucharski didn't expect to publish a book about contagion in the middle of a global pandemic. But consider him less surprised than the rest of us. https://t.co/MM74R1HONS— WIRED (@WIRED) July 7, 2020
We're live with episode six of New Scientist Weekly, dedicated to the #coronavirus!— New Scientist podcasts (@NewScientistPod) March 6, 2020
Special guest @AdamJKucharski, epidemiologist at @LSHTM, discusses the biology and spread of the disease, fatality rates – and when it's likely to die out.
🎧 Listen: https://t.co/R7o9hcslJ4 pic.twitter.com/9k8nNhAoDO
“La pandemia va a durar mucho tiempo y debemos atacar la desinformación tanto como la enfermedad”— Agencia Sinc (@agencia_sinc) August 2, 2020
Entrevistamos al matemático y epidemiólogo @AdamJKucharski, autor de 'Las reglas del contagio' en @Capitan_Swinghttps://t.co/aqrvShd80m
"You might think you have low risk and you're in a younger group, but you're often going to be a short step away from someone who's going to get hit very hard by this." https://t.co/7u8YLo6heg— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 16, 2020
Never before has information about a new disease spread around an interconnected world more rapidly than during the 2020 coronavirus epidemichttps://t.co/HmfgTvoGdh— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) February 12, 2020
"From SARS to the 1918 influenza pandemic, history shows that many crucial insights only come long after the battle is over. Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury for COVID-19," writes @AdamJKucharski https://t.co/w1UDy3X6x7— TIME (@TIME) August 3, 2020
How scientists study the deadly coronavirus in a race against time to stop it https://t.co/GP1AnT8gh4— i newspaper (@theipaper) February 13, 2020
"Las especulaciones y los rumores en Internet siembran desconfianza ante el control de la Covid-19" ADAM KUCHARSKI https://t.co/xlAH8zq09f— El País Opinión (@elpais_opinion) February 25, 2020
The principles of contagion, @AdamJKucharski argues, can be applied to everything from folk stories and financial crises to itching and loneliness— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) February 16, 2020
These principles are suddenly of pressing interest to all of us https://t.co/wR5UaK4IHl
From the statisticians forecasting sports scores to the intelligent bots beating human poker players, my debut book traces the scientific origins of the world's best gambling strategies. Spanning mathematics, psychology, economics and physics, it reveals the long and tangled history between betting and science, and explains why gambling continues to generate insights into luck and decision-making today.
The book was first published in 2016 by Basic Books in the US and by Profile in the UK. Translation rights have also been sold in Brazil, China (simplified and traditional Chinese), Italy, Japan, Korea and Russia.
"This book is full of magic. It’s brimming with clever people and clever ideas... The links between betting and science run deep and wide, allowing Kucharski to cover some thrilling intellectual territory" —New Scientist
"Elegant and amusing... Anyone planning to enter a casino or place an online bet would be advised to keep this book handy" —Wall Street Journal
"Clever, entertaining and highly disturbing" —The Spectator
"Kucharski navigates the subject in a manner that makes it accessible to everyone... What makes it so readable is the way the stories are told—always with a human angle" —Prospect Magazine
"Kucharski delivers a fascinating read" —Publishers Weekly
"It's both a paean to human ingenuity and a Robin Hood tale" ★ ★ ★ ★ —The Telegraph
"Beautifully written, solidly researched and full of surprises" —New York Times Numberplay
"Replete with stories and examples of fascinating betting facts that often dispel common misconceptions... a comprehensible, up-to-date account of the state of the art." —Times Literary Supplement
"A lucid yet sophisticated look at the mathematics of probability as it's played out on gaming tables, arenas, and fields... Gamblers and math buffs alike will enjoy it for its smart approach to real-world problems" —Kirkus Reviews
"Right from Chapter 1, Kucharski grabs the reader’s attention... I highly recommend this book" —MAA Reviews
My work on the science of gambling has been covered by several media outlets, including interviews with BBC Radio 4, Bloomberg, The Economist, ESPN, ITV This Morning, Metro, Scientific American, The Times and The Washington Post.
Three basic mistakes people make at casinos, according to a math experthttps://t.co/6DGP5X2DbW— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 17, 2016
How the science of gambling influences everything around us https://t.co/IATs7c0Bqv— The Independent (@Independent) April 30, 2016
The Perfect Bet: Taking the Gambling Out of Gambling: Mathematician and author Adam Kucharski talks about his ... https://t.co/6W1ZFsM8ln— Scientific American (@sciam) April 14, 2016
Seven lucky ways that gambling changed maths https://t.co/xzQJ8znaOV— Guardian Science (@guardianscience) May 5, 2016
Where do betting and science overlap? Adam Kucharski Talks "The Perfect Bet" and their long and tangled history https://t.co/OtOyvASUok— Talks at Google (@googletalks) June 21, 2016
"Extremely well-written and carefully researched. I highly recommend it."
—Arthur Benjamin, Author of The Magic of Math: Solving for X and Figuring out whY
"Kucharski does a remarkable job of telling the story of how gambling has influenced science and science has influenced gambling. He manages to make it a good read while providing a scholarly underpinning."
—J. Doyne Farmer, Director of the Complexity Economics program at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School
"This book contains so many great stories of how smart people have used maths, statistics and science to try and beat the odds—legally. It almost, but not quite, makes me want to take up gambling."
—David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge
"Adam Kucharski takes us on a wild ride through the history, psychology, mathematics, and technology of gaming—a remarkable look behind the curtain of what most people think is intuitive, but isn’t."
—Paul Offit, author of Bad Faith and Autism’s False Prophets