Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 101, Issue 3–4, pp 819–841 | Cite as

Models of the Small World

  • M. E. J. Newman


It is believed that almost any pair of people in the world can be connected to one another by a short chain of intermediate acquaintances, of typical length about six. This phenomenon, colloquially referred to as the “six degrees of separation,” has been the subject of considerable recent interest within the physics community. This paper provides a short review of the topic.

small world networks disordered systems graph theory social networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. E. J. Newman
    • 1
  1. 1.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeNew Mexico

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