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Six Degrees of Separation/Connection may be in trouble. Why can’t 6/degrees find Osama bin laden?

Six Degrees has problems

ScienceFriday.com’s version

Chances are you’ve heard of the ‘small world’ idea of six degrees of separation. But is it correct?

The idea traces back to an experiment begun in 1967 by Stanley Milgram, in which he tried to trace how many acquaintances it would take to pass a letter between two randomly selected people. The result that entered the public consciousness was that in general it took six steps or fewer to bridge the gap between any two people. But is that result accurate? Judith Kleinfeld,

http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200801256

tags, 6 degrees, Kevin Bacon Effect, six degrees, Milgram,

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