Posts Tagged ‘History’

The history of our world in 18 minutes

December 22, 2014

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Don’t be so short sighted as to fear change!

January 1, 2013

“I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Thomas Jefferson
July 12, 1816

A View of World History Through Wikipedia

September 2, 2012

See history unfold through Wikipedia through space and time. Every mention of a location or date anywhere in any article across all of Wikipedia was extracted and each location connected to the closest date to place it on a map. All locations mentioned in an article together with the same year are connected together. Thus, what you see is what Wikipedia had to say about each year 1800-present, which locations were mentioned the most, which locations were mentioned alongside each other, etc.

Interesting that there is a spike in action around the two World Wars, and then after the year 2000, information is everywhere !!!

Einstein’s Letter To Roosevelt: Why We Created the Atomic Bomb

August 10, 2010

Albert Einstein sent the following letter to US President Roosevelt in 1939. The fear of Germans acquiring nuclear technology, explained below, is considered to be the motivation for the U.S.’ creation of the atomic bomb.

The letter advised Roosevelt that Nazi Germany might be researching the use of nuclear fission to create atomic bombs and suggested that the U.S. should begin its own research because of the potentially vast destructive power of such bombs.

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