Tag Archive | History

The Mathematics of History

Can mathematics be used to understand history ?

What can mathematics say about history?

According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.

Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to camera phone

An interesting look at he history of photography from TedEd.

The origins of the cameras we use today were invented in the 19th century. Or were they? A millenia before, Arab scientist Alhazen was using the camera obscura to duplicate images, with Leonardo da Vinci following suit 500 years later and major innovations beginning in the 19th century. Eva Timothy tracks the trajectory from the most rudimentary cameras to the ubiquity of them today.


Write your story, change history

Can one man change the future ?

This is a story about changing the future changing the way we think, we dream and work and overcoming failures.

The idea that youth is wasted on the young? Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the creators of Superman were all under 30 when they wrote themselves into history. In this inspirational TEDYouth 2011 Talk, Brad Meltzer encourages us to dream big, work hard, and stay humble.

How did English evolve?

In this post about the English language we find the meaning of two expressions: “a hearty welcome” and “a cordial reception”.

What is the difference between “a hearty welcome” and “a cordial reception”? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

In this talk from TED we witness the history on the universe in 18 minutes.

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.