Sometimes academic discoveries are too exciting not to share at once

Check out this wicked awesome search result from Google Ngram, a program that maps the use of words in scanned Google books across a century range:


http://tinyurl.com/3sjfblq


It’s a map of “silence,” the topic of my dissertation. And it shows that the use of the word “silence” dramatically increases at the end of the eighteenth century, aka the beginning of the Romantic period.


Of course, my diss will (hopefully) demonstrate the complexities of the word silence and blahblahblah, and the data set is admittedly faulty because Google Ngram is only searching the books scanned in it’s database. But this is pretty exciting stuff to see at the beginning of one’s research!


Carry on!

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3 thoughts on “Sometimes academic discoveries are too exciting not to share at once

  1. L.G.Smith says:

    That is a crazy increase. I guess I don't know the romantic period well enough to understand why "silence" would be a keyword, but maybe you'll share a dissertation summary with us one day. I'm intrigued.

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