Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Infinite degrees of separation.

You know that whole "six degrees of separation" thing? The idea that you can be connected to anyone else on the planet by a chain of people who are acquainted with each other, and that in most cases that chain will involve no more than six people?

It turns out that the research that served as the basis for the original claim has some serious flaws.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

This always struck me as the comments that people make offhand, when they do not really consider something (e.g., "if you stretched this out in a line, it would reach to the moon").