From cornflakes to communism

August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

James Burke’s Knowledge Web is like six degrees of separation for the literati — okay, sometimes more like 10 degrees, and altogether fascinating:

  • Cornflakes, invented in 1894 by…
  • J. H. Kellogg, whose first job was as a typesetter for…
  • Mrs Ellen White, “who opened a water-cure establishment” that was inspired by…
  • Vincent Priessnitz, an advocate of “sleeping in wet sheets,” a prescription that was also administered by…
  • James Gully at a Priessnitz-like spa in Western Egland, which was visited by…
  • King Carlyle, whose official royal portrait was commissioned by…
  • Whistler, the artist with an incredibly Rolodex of artsy friends, including…
  • William Morris who was, among many other things, a socialist community organizer and whose meetings were attended by…
  • Eleanor Marx, daughter of…
  • Karl Marx, the intellectual forefather of…
  • Communism.

Another fun tracing of people, places, and ideas is Frederick the Great to the Bottle Cap.

A video overview of k-web.org is found here.

Below, video 1 of 7 from “Re-Connections” — “the 25h anniversary celebration of James Burke’s ground-breaking ‘Connections‘ and ‘The Day The Universe Changed‘ series.

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More


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