The data visualization examples in this lecture are amazing. There is a visualization of wars this century using poppies. Elements of the #MeToo movement using dandelions. David Bowie’s Space Oddity (!) using vinyl records. As well as other examples, such as overlying cases on maps to solve the origin of a historical cholera outbreak in London, and one showing the amount of various types of water on earth.

For a constant flow of data visualizations of varying qualities (but often quite good!) see reddit’s DataIsBeautiful sub. (Sorry to referrence reddit here! But that’s where it is.)

Expert Lectures

    Links to lectures by experts in their fields.

    In this information age, it is easier than ever to access knowledge in all manner of formats. The simple academic-style lecture yet remains one of the most effective ways of presenting focused research. (Especially when followed by a good Q&A session.)

    The information age, with its broad and easy mechanisms of dissemination, has brought with it also an era of noise. Everyone is, or has, their own expert. Let’s try to find true experts, recognized and generally accepted in their fields, to see what interesting things they have to say.

    Suggested title format: “Title of lecture” [year, if not current], Name, Credentials and/or Venue. Brief synopsis/description. #topic #subject

    Consider using links that go straight to the beginning of the lecture (bypassing lengthy introductions) if possible.

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