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Visualizing how the world's ideas fit together is no mean feat. But now you don't have to struggle, because Brendan Griffen has mined Wikipedia to create a map of how the world's greatest thinkers influenced each other.
Color-coded by genre—so, for instance, fiction authors are in orange, while 19th/20th century philosophers are in red—each node presents a person, and its size is determined by the number of links to other nodes. The data was gathered by studying every profile on Wikipedia that had an "influenced by" or "influences" field...
Via Lauren Moss