The article by Paul Edelman and Tracey George is here. It’s funny. This is the abstract:
Degrees of separation is a concept that is intuitive and appealing in popular culture as well as academic discourse: It tells us something about the connectedness of a particular field. It also reveals paths of influence and access. Paul ErdÅ‘s was the Kevin Bacon of his field – math – coauthoring with a large number of scholars from many institutions and across subfields. Moreover, his work was highly cited and important. Mathematicians talk about their ErdÅ‘s number (i.e., numbers of degrees of separation) as a sign of their connection to the hub of mathematics: An ErdÅ‘s number of 2 means a scholar did not co-author with ErdÅ‘s but did collaborate with someone who did (i.e., an ErdÅ‘s 1). In this study, we examine collaboration networks in law, searching for the Legal ErdÅ‘s. We crown Sunstein as the Legal ErdÅ‘s and name a complete (as possible) list of Sunstein 1s and 2s.
Is there a feministlawprof equivalent? Do women co-author less than men?