Something very cool was published in Science this month. It’s a paper that discloses findings made by a Harvard mathematician who used data from Google Books to analyze trends in human culture as well as identify moments in history where certain authors were suppressed or censored. Google Books is a project with the goal to have a digital copy of every book published in human history. Algorithms were applied to data to reveal trends in word usage as well as rising and falling fame of authors and public figures. The paper’s author has dubbed the new field as “Culturomics” in the same vein as genomics, interactomics, and all the other “omics”‘s that popped up in the last decade or so. The best part is that you can go check out the Culturomics website and search their database from your own home:

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