The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
In the era of Facebook and Google, the social and political power of networks is often seen as a new phenomenon. Niall Ferguson, however, contends in his new book The Square and the Tower that this power is as old as human civilization itself. While emperors and presidents may have claimed to rule society from their high towers, real power has often resided in the constantly-adapting networks of people in the town square below. Please join us as Dr. Ferguson traces the history of networks from the Freemasons to Facebook.