Statistics proves once and for all that authors are a product of their…

You only have to pick up an old novel to realize that people write very differently than they did 100 years ago, or even a couple generations ago. But is it possible to quantify those differences? Could pick apart centuries' worth of literature, and track their age based only on the words on the page? » 5/04/12 12:20pm 5/04/12 12:20pm

Cultural genome project mines Google Books for the secret history of…

What exactly is the half-life of celebrity? A new field called culturomics has the answer. Using the largest linguistic database ever created - Google Books - culturomics experts track things like "lexical dark matter," and how long fame really lasts. » 12/16/10 4:21pm 12/16/10 4:21pm