The Mathematics of History

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Most of us have heard the above quote or some form of it, but I don’t know if it really motivated any of us when having to memorize dates or fill out maps.  But, perhaps something else will motivate us.  It turns out that there are underlying patterns in history that can be modeled with mathematics.  Here’s a TED talk by Jean-Baptiste Michel, where he highlights a couple of such models and proposes an idea about the future relationship of history and mathematics.

The Mathematics of History