Sunday, February 3, 2008

Six Degrees of Separation

Discover Magazine
28 January 2008

If Osama's Only 6 Degrees Away, Why Can't We Find Him?

The famous 6 degrees of separation theory fades under scrutiny.

by Elizabeth DeVita-Raebu

It's rare for a sociological study to wind up a part of pop culture, but that's what has happened to Stanley Milgram's "small world" study, which posits that all of the people on the planet are connected to one another through an average of six acquaintances-or through six degrees of separation. [...]