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Who's Bigger? von [Skiena, Steven, Ward, Charles]
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'This is all fun: reputational face-offs are great entertainment. And, shrewdly, Skiena and Ward have an app. More seriously, historians will put quantitative analysis to good use - and their model may help historiographers grapple with Wikipedia.' New Scientist

'I confess to simply liking the book. I still do not care about the great order of things; nonetheless, I very much appreciate a huge amount of fascinating detail that the book makes available at one's fingertips, and the orderly manner in which it does that.' Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews

'… the authors' enthusiasm and sense of play are infectious.' Cass Sunstein, The New Republic

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In this fascinating book, Skiena and Ward bring quantitative analysis to bear on ranking and comparing historical reputations, aggregating the traces of millions of opinions, as Google ranks webpages. They present rankings of thousands of history's most significant people in science, politics, entertainment, and all areas of human endeavor.


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  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press; Auflage: 1 (31. Oktober 2013)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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6 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating! Recommended. 8. November 2013
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This is a fascinating book with an extremely interesting concept. The authors use the incredible power of the internet, Wikipedia, and Google's Ngrams to create a mathematical rating system (significance) for people, both current and historical. They then use these data to compare people in many areas, professions, and times.

They explain their processes and calculation very well and then provide comparisons with "experts" and "Top 100" lists, etc. to validate that what they measure is actually doing the job. Then they delve into literally scores of categories to compare the most significant figures. Was Thomas Edison more significant than Alexander Graham Bell or Eli Whitney? Who was the most significant world leader between the world wars? Which King or Pope had the most long-term significance?

They do admit that the data in Anglo-centric, all of the data is in English, and they have made a correction for recency. All in all it is fascinating to wander through their tables and graphs and see where my personal favorites fell.

One criticism I have is that there is really too much data and too many categories and too many comparisons. It would have been better to focus in more depth on fewer categories and dive deeper into the data, leaving the more esoteric areas to another volume or to the internet (they have a very nice companion website).

For everyone interested in history and interested in numerical comparisons (for any area - baseball, business, the arts, etc.) the book is highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Groundbreaking 28. Januar 2014
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This book opens a most fascinating new perspective on history. At first dubious as to the premise of this book, I was nonetheless compelled by its depth. Viewing history is not a mathematical pursuit, yet I find it very difficult to argue against in depth statistical insight such as that presented here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is astounding and outstanding. 11. Dezember 2013
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I've read the hand full of negative reviews, and it seems clear that the problem people have with this book is that they are expecting something very different from what this book is. It is NOT a history book. It is NOT a book which claims to rank individuals based on some artificial metric (the authors leave that squarely on the "capable" shoulders of many a humanities scholar, and it is not attempting to do ANYTHING besides take an objective, mathematically grounded survey of one particular (very unique and very popular) resource, using newly developed algorithmic techniques. You may disagree with the results in one of two ways. First, you can disagree with the people on the list and have your own favorites. Good for you, you are free to argue however you like about how great a particular individual is in your life or based on your personal metrics, but this is beside the point of this book. You can also argue that the algorithms used are flawed; but you will ALSO equally have to argue that the proof that the authors offer that their algorithms are properly aligned is flawed; a difficult task I believe.

When you read this book, if you remove yourself from your expectations and biases, you will see that the list is more or less the secondary result of the work presented in this book. The real reason why this book is great is that it represents a fascinating intersection of analytics and the humanities (think sabermetrics or the successes of Nate Silver, but better). It provides a unique tool for parsing huge sets of data, impartial in its very nature, whose implications are just BEGINNING to be explored. It is a brand new lens for exploring; from how textbooks are written, to how halls of fame are filled and what that means about who we are.

Is it all things to all men? No. Is it biased toward the Englsh language? Decidedly and self-admittedly, but also inconsequentially, because it invites further study and entices further such pursuits. Is the list holy and sacrosanct, or even REALLY the point of the book? Again, no.

The results are the results, and the list is the list, and if the list challenges you or is lacking in some way, then it's because those shortcomings are the mere reflections of societies shortcomings (again, admittedly; the list reveals that women have to do comparatively more, historically, to reach equal significance), and the bulk of the book is about exploring what the list means about us.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book if you love lists 21. März 2014
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Who's Bigger is one of those books for people who love lists. The authors use an algorithm of several factors to determine who is bigger and these lists are very interesting. For instance there are lists for American President, World Leaders, influencers, women and many other lists. There is a section of the book dedicated to how the authors came up with the lists using opinions, media, and social media but I found this section not as interesting as the lists themselves and that's because this book is subjective, no matter how many hits George Washington gets on google.

What makes this book fun is learning something new and it is great for discussions. I mentioned the book at a dinner and the listing of Presidents and it led to a very smart and vigorous debate about the ranking. Actually, this book is a good starting point for history classes. The author even includes information from his daughter's elementary history class. Enjoyable.
5.0 von 5 Sternen We are thankful this wonderful messages and truly we say to you we are ... 1. April 2016
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We are thankful this wonderful messages and truly we say to you we are not anti religions but we are already Satanic Kingdom since Paradise Lost, then that was started from ancient time, First the Tower Babel, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Anglo-American, and United Nation. But remember the Bible tells us that after Jesus was baptized he went into the wilderness where he was tempted by unseen creature called Satan the Devil, ''Again the Devil took him{Jesus) along to an unusually high mountain, and showed him{Jesus) all kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he{Satan) said to him{Jesus): 'All these things I will give you if you fall down and do act of worship of me.'--Matthew 4:8,9 / We know the Bible is truly messages from Jehovah God, but good for us to awakening! Without Satan the Devil, there is a possibility Jesus Christ never mention and recognized here in - ''The 100 Most Significant Figures in the 666 Art World into Satanic History! Our problem why did not mentioning Satan for the Historical Figures? or Lucifer? maybe unseen spirit person? maybe you need facts? evidence? maybe considered this ''Spirit Being or Spirit Person an Angel like we did to recognized the Sounds, Air & electromagnetic wave is invisible? Spirit from matters is invisible too! and why not? and well Satan the Devil the original who gave color to the world, Remember only Satan the Devil the Eye Opener from the Paradise Lost, and the ''Tree of Knowledge'' and are we should be thankful for him? [...]
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