Video: Six Degrees Of Separation: The Promise Of Network Science
Fascinating short documentary for those interested in network theory.
Introduction (Via Documentary Log)
This documentary investigates the urban myth Six Degrees of Separation. The idea that in a world of more than six billion people, everyone is connected in just a few steps. That’s to say, that you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, …. , who knows me or anyone else on the planet. When scientists began exploring Six Degrees, they made profound discoveries. Nature has a hidden blueprint, a structure that connects us all. Testing an urban myth has led to an entirely new branch of science, Network Theory, and some believe it will change our lives. Networks are important, because if we don’t understand networks, we can’t understand how markets function, how organizations solve problems, or how societies change. Six Degrees has the potential to change the way we fight terrorism, predict pandemics, and combat disease. It may prove to be one of the greatest scientific insights of recent times.