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Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

The Environmental Literacy Council - Urbanization Cities are where human civilization began; where the world's great universities, libraries, cathedrals, and museums are found. They have been the center of scientific discovery and technological innovation, of commerce and literacy. However, even in ancient times, cities were also congested ? The World's Strangest Recorded Deaths The ways people die are often conventional, however, history provides us with a multitude of recorded deaths that are markedly more interesting. Let’s take a fascinating look at some of history’s strangest deaths: Chrysippus of Soli, 207 BC Chrysippus was a Greek philosopher who devoted his life to important matters including ethics, mathematics, physics, epistemology and religion. Despite being a great thinker, even he would not have been able to imagine his demise. After feeding a donkey some wine and watching it eat figs from a tree, Chrysippus found the visual so funny that he actually died from laughing too much.

Enduring Voices Project, Endangered Languages, Map, Facts, Photos, Videos Explore Talking Dictionaries The Enduring Voices team is pleased to present these Talking Dictionaries, giving listeners around the world a chance to hear some of the most little-known sounds of human speech. Several communities are now offering the online record of their language to be shared by any interested person around the world. GARUDA Garuda's origins in Indonesia go back to the time, around the first century A.D., when sailors and traders from Southern India first came to the shores of the fertile islands looking for rice and riches. Not only did they bring goods and techniques, they brought also their literature. In this literature, there were the stories of the origins, or Puranas, with the story of Garuda among them. The locals soon made these stories their own in a Sanskrit derived language called Kawi. It is in the earliest text of this literature, the Adiparwa (10th century A.D.), that the story of the mighty Garuda bird is found.

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different We previously covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? 10 Greatest Moments in Flight Humanity's tree-dwelling ancestors probably never dreamed that their descendants could eventually fly aboard airships, winged aircraft and spacecraft into the skies and beyond Earth. Each great moment in flight inspired the next generation of aviators to try flying higher, faster and farther as they shaped the course of human history. Early balloon and airship flights led the way, but the Wright brothers' Flyer demonstration at Kitty Hawk became the milestone celebrated by most people. Daring aviators flew the aircraft descendants of the Wright Flyer as they took on the challenges of flying across the world's oceans and faster than the speed of sound — even leaving the Earth's atmosphere aboard rocket ships as they inaugurated the era of spaceflight. The first free ascent of a hot-air balloon with human passengers, on Nov. 21, 1783. — Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d´ArlandesCredit: 2001 National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (SI Neg. No. 93-2342)

Human Migration: The Story of a Community Grades K-2 Overview: Around the world and in our own communities, people move in and out of places every day, and they have done so throughout human history. Their patterns of movement reflect the conditions of an ever-changing world and, in turn, impact the cultural landscapes of the places they leave and the places they settle in ways that often last well beyond their own lifetimes. These imprints on a region include its ethnic make-up, spoken languages, traditions, local food, music, clothes, and other cultural markers. Thus, an essential part of understanding a region is its migration story.

Alan Turing's Legacy Lives On When the history books of the future are written, Alan Turing will go down in the company of Newton and Darwin and Einstein. His visions changed how humanity conceives of computation, information and pattern -- and 100 years after his birthday, and 58 years after his tragic death, Turing's legacy is alive and growing.In celebration of his achievements, the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific fellowship -- Newton was once its president -- published two entire journal issues devoted to Turing's ongoing influence. On the following pages, Wired looks at some of the highlights.Above:Turing at WarThough he hardly fit the image of a soldier, Alan Turing had the heart of one. With war on the horizon, Turing joined the British government's codebreaking office in 1938, and one year later turned the full force of his intellect on Enigma, the seemingly uncrackable German cryptography system."No one else was doing anything about it and I could have it to myself," he said of his decision.

Sacred Books of the East Index Sacred-texts home Hinduism Taoism Confucianism Buddhism Jainism Islam ZoroastrianismBuy CD-ROM Buy books: Sacred Books of the East Table of ContentsIndex of TranslatorsTransliteration TablesAvailable reprints The Sacred Books of the East (SBE) series, comprising fifty volumes, was issued by the Oxford University Press between 1879 and 1910. It has translations of key sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Islam. The series was edited by the famous linguist and scholar of comparative religion, Max Müller. Alan Turing's Extraordinary, Tragically Short Life: A Timeline Image: Bernt Rostad/Flickr By Olivia Solon, Wired UK In Alan Turing‘s 42 years of life, his discoveries and inventions saved thousands of lives and paved the way for modern computing. Despite this, it has been only recently that he has been recognised for his achievements.

2,500,000 BCE to 8,000 BCE Timeline : From Cave Paintings to the Internet 4339 entries. 93 themes. Last updated April 13, 2014. Circa 2,500,000 BCE – 500,000 BCE The First Industrial ComplexCirca 2,400,000 BCE – 1,400,000 BCE