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The Science Hall of Fame

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Created by Adrian Veres and John Bohannon (a.k.a. The Gonzo Scientist), the Science Hall of Fame is a pantheon of the most famous scientists of the past 200 years, based on the frequency with which their full names appears in published books. This animation, created for Science by Jonathan Feinberg at Google, shows the evolution of scientific fame between 1850 and 2000. The size of the scientists' names are determined by the frequency of their appearance in books published each year on the time scale. For more on "culturomics", the quantitative exploration of massive data sets of digitized culture, see the Research Article by Michel et al..

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