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# Mathematics of History

I teach a course on the History of Mathematics but today’s post concerns a TED talk on the Mathematics of History. This very short talk by Jean-Baptiste Michel serves as a follow up to the one given with Erez Lieberman Aiden on What we learned from 5 million books.

The idea is that we can use mathematics to understand history. Unfortunately, the talk is too short to develop a coherent argument and the examples given are not exactly new so I’m not yet convinced that they have something. It should be interesting to see whether this develops though.

yes ! 100 % agree. Mathematics is the world’s most powerful language. You can achieve and speak everything ..which even you can’t imagine with the help of mathematics language.

Dear Anil,

Sorry for the delay in approving the comment, I hadn’t noticed it was flagged as unapproved!

Anyhow, you’re right. Maths can describe what you can’t even imagine with words!