Thursday, 14 February 2008

whig history?

Eric Schulman's "The History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less" first appeared in the Annals of Improbable Research. A new and improved version now exists at The Science Creative Quarterly. An excerpt is reproduced below:
Quantum fluctuation. Inflation. Expansion. Strong nuclear interaction. Particle-antiparticle annihilation. Deuterium and helium production. Density perturbations. Recombination. Blackbody radiation. Local contraction. Cluster formation. Reionization? Violent relaxation. Virialization. Biased galaxy formation? ... Photosynthetic unicellular organisms. Oxidation. Mutation. Natural selection and evolution. Respiration. Cell differentiation. Sexual reproduction. Fossilization. Land exploration. Dinosaur extinction. Mammal expansion. Glaciation. Homo sapiens manifestation. Animal domestication. Food surplus production. Civilization! Innovation. Exploration. Religion. ... Expansion. Industrialization. ... Invention. Mass production. Urbanization. Immigration. World conflagration. League of Nations. Suffrage extension. Depression. World conflagration. Fission explosions. United Nations. Space exploration. Assassinations. Lunar excursions. Resignation. Computerization. World Trade Organization. Terrorism. Internet expansion. Reunification. Dissolution. World-Wide Web creation. Composition. Extrapolation?
How extraordinarily techno-, US-, anglo-, euro-, anthropo-, zoo-, bio-, and matter-centric!

1 comment:

Eric Schulman said...

Ah, yes, the eternal question of centricity. I tried to answer part of this a few years ago. If you thought the history was centric, try my book! :)