TED: What we learned from 5 million books

I thought things would slow down in the spring. NOT. Now that the snow has disappeared and the warm weather is here, the siren song of the garden seduces me away from the keyboard, no matter how many assignments I have in the hopper. So here is some more fun stuff from one of my favourite websites.

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Have you played with Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.

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