Geekery: Connections Wants to Change Wikipedia

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James Burke, creator of TV’s CONNECTIONS wants to change the way you interact with wikipedia.

“Everything is connected to everything else, including you too of course.”

James Burke is a science historian whose work focuses on the connections between what appear to be unrelated events and people. He has written dozens of books and articles; and produced the acclaimed Connections and The Day the Universe Changed series.

Recently he has been working on a visual representation that makes it easy to explore all of these connections called the K-Web.

And now he wants to take the K-Web further by creating an app that connects it to Wikipedia – and you can help.

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Here’s a sample episode of his classic TV show Connections to pull you down the rabbithole of his philosophy of understanding history (don’t blame me if you binge watch it all).

~The concept of navigating through wikipedia from a historical connectivity point of view is fascinating!

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Burkes way of thinking is interesting. I do not agree with all of it, but some of it makes a lot of sense. I still have my copy of the book laying around!

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I love Connections. It was a fun show!

  • euansmith

    Nice to see that Mr Burke is still with us and is still making connections. I always seem to find that. whatever subject I start looking up on Wikipedia, I always end up on the Nazis.

    I’d hate to think what a visual representation of TVTropes would look like; but I think Tzeentch used a simplified version when designing his labyrinth.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      6 Degrees of Nazis?