Cliodynamics and Seshat contributors publish in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

October 8, 2013 No Comments

War and Space: the Evolution of Complex Societies

Covered extensively by popular media:

Nature: Empires, bureaucracies and religion arise from war Computer simulation shows that conflict fuelled political consolidation in ancient and medieval history.

The New Scientist: Real-world Civilisation game shows impact of war link
Los Angeles Times: Scientists use math — and computer war games — to show how society evolved link
Wired: Data Geeks Say War, Not Agriculture, Spawned Complex Societies link
Huffington Post: War Fueled Evolution Of Institutions & Societies, Math Model Suggests link
Smithsonian Mag: 3,000 Years of Human History, Described in One Set of Mathematical Equations link
The Conversation: Computer simulations reveal war drove the rise of civilisations link
Pacific Standard: Count on War to Build a Society link
Popular Mechanics: Can Math Predict the Rise and Fall of Empires? link War sowed the seeds of empires, bureaucracy and religion (in Flemish) link State building: Researchers simulate world history (in German) link Mathematical model helps retracing 3000 years of human history (in Portuguese) link
Wiener Zeitung: History may be predictable: Researchers use mathematics to explore the emergence of empires (in German) link
de Volkskrant: A game of Risk, but seriously (in Dutch) link
SINC: A mathematical model proves that the war has been an engine of cultural evolution (in Spanish) link The theory of cultural multilevel selection calculates where and when empires should appear (in Russian) link Scientists Play ‘Civilization’ (in Russian) link
Daily Mail: How 3,000 year age of empires was recreated by a simple equation: Scientists show how math can predict historical trends with 65% accuracy link

Published On: October 8, 2013

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