Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Ok, this might be the geekiest thing you read all day.

You’ve probably heard of the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, where you name an actor and then have to link him back to Kevin Bacon in less than six movies.  It’s based on the “six degrees of separation” theory.

Well, I’m honestly surprised that it’s taken this long for someone to think of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.  What exactly was the original Bacon’s social network, and were people like William Shakespeare on it?

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have an easy “List two names and we’ll tell you the connection” mode.  You enter a name and then get a very geeky map of nodes, and you have to explore it to find the connections you want.

My plan is to enter Edward de Vere and see if he shows up.  But company just came over and I must come back to it later!