Geekery: Connections Wants to Change Wikipedia


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?