Math to predict history

Here is an intriguing (and very short) talk by the lead of Harvard’s Culture Observatory., a/k/a the Culturnomics guys.  Michel quickly outlines several ways of using math to understand history.

Note the final point, about using digitized books to build up forecasting models.

Apparently Michel is one of the guys behind Google’s nGram viewer.

(via Radio Freethinker)

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