11 December 2008
A very rich documentary about the new science of network. It is built around reproducing the “Six degrees of separation” experience. The main concepts are well explained and the history of discoveries is emphasized with many examples and interviews of the researchers. I personally think the documentary is well realized and may be understood by any public.
The first part is about small worlds model and explaining why six degrees works. The second part brings the concepts of hubs and power-law degree distribution. At the end we learn more about network theory applications, in particular about cancer research.
Warning: the video is no longer available, due to right owner’s decision to remove it from vimeo.
EDIT: Video available here
To go further :
- The disease map developed at the end can be found here. The PDF article “The human disease network” is here.
- The new Diseasome : Explore online the diseasome network
- Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
- Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life