mapsontheweb

mapsontheweb:

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, their map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble. The information comes from Freebase, a Google-owned database of well-known people and places, and other catalogues of notable individuals. The team is based at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Read Nature’s news story: http://www.nature.com/news/1.15650

Find the research paper in Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6196/558

Interesting concept, but its data sets are overwhelmingly euro-centric and ignore the notable people of non-European cultures.

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nadiaoxford:

helotastic:

YOU GUYS I’VE FOUND IT. THE SINGLE GREATEST TIME-LAPSE EUROPEAN HISTORY MAP. THE ONLY ONE YOU WILL EVER NEED.

Really, watch this. It’s fantastic.

My grandfather knows, like, seven languages. The reason why? He grew up in a particularly volatile part of the Carpathian mountains, and every so often the teachers would say, “Okay, we’re under the rule of [new country] now. Time to learn [new country’s language].”