Six Degrees of Separation


The science of networking is totally fascinating to me. I have always, personally, been interested why things function the way they do, and more specifically why humans function the way they do.

Why does one blush when another says something flattering about them? And why, in relationships, does it seem that people like the chase, but not like being chased?

The understanding of how things are built, or organized, is the basis of understanding why they function in a particular way, from the microscopic to the macro cosmic. For example, if I understand how emotions work within the brain, and then how that relates to blood flow, then my question about blushing is answered. The science of networks addresses this issue of organization. Understanding networks informs us about how things are, and, therefore, why things behave the way they do.

The following documentary is about networks, and how the science of networks is being used today in a variety of ways.

Six Degrees of Separation (BBC)

Documentary unfolding the science behind the idea of six degrees of separation. Originally thought to be an urban myth, it now appears that anyone on the planet can be connected in just a few steps of association. Six degrees of separation is also at the heart of a major scientific breakthrough; that there might be a law which nature uses to organize itself and that now promises to solve some of its deepest mysteries.