|US mobility patterns in 2011.|
Researcher Dr. Maximilian Schich, associate professor of arts and technology at The University of Texas at Dallas, brought together a team of network and complexity scientists, including University of Miami physicist Chaoming Song, to create and quantify this animation (and apparently some others) that offers the "big picture" of European and North American cultural history.
tracked the movement of 150,000 'notable people around the world' from birth to death, then plotted their beginning and ending points as movements on a map.
The data stretched from 1600 until 2012. Apparently, they also tracked similar data back to the Roman Empire.
Naturally, people moved based on all sorts of reasons, such as wars, disease, new modes of transportation and the like. The animation shows that.
It is a unique peek into history that you can't find in a textbook or, for that matter, anywhere else. These kind of summaries of extensive data are history lessons in themselves.
|This shows United States migration patterns over the past 150 years.|
'The observed rapid changes offer a fascinating view of the transience of intellectual supremacy.'Well, if you insist, Professor. They also used the data to reveal that some countries, like France, are dependent upon single cities that are cultural beacons, while others, like Germany, have cultural havens that are scattered all about and not nearly as centralized as in England or France.
In any event, if you are not as interested as the good Doctor on the transcience of intellectual supremacy, you might find that the animations just look kind of cool.