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Programming Microsoft Azure Service Fabric by Haishi Bai

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Chapter 18. Modeling complex systems

It’s fascinating to observe how our society functions. Each of us is an independent individual who makes uncoordinated decisions. However, as we interact with one another, some interesting phenomena emerge.

In 2007, a baby boy named Charlie in the United Kingdom bit his brother’s finger while they were playing in a chair. This little event should have gone unnoticed in human history—babies bite things coming into their mouths all the time. Yet, a 58-second video was captured and uploaded to YouTube, and the clip became the most-viewed video clips at the end of October 2009 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Bit_My_Finger). How can such an insignificant event become a global phenomenon and now part of our ...

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