Publications by Year: 2011

2011
Goldstein, J., & Pinker, S. (2011). War Really Is Going Out of Style. The New York Times Sunday Review. presented at the 12/17/2011. Website
Pinker, S. (2011). Taming the Devil within Us. Nature, 478, 309-311. PDF
Pinker, S. (2011). If I ruled the world: Steven Pinker. Prospect Magazine. presented at the Oct. 19, 2011.
Pinker, S. (2011). Violence Vanquished. The Wall Street Journal. presented at the 09/24/2011. PDF
Pinker, S. (2011). The sugary secret of self-control (Review of R. F. Baumeister & J. Tierney's "Willpower"). The New York Times Book Review, (Sept. 2, 2011). Website
Pinker, S. (2011). Terrorism. The Chronical of Higher Education. presented at the 08/07/2011. Website
The Better Angels of our Nature
Pinker, S. (2011). The Better Angels of our Nature. New York: Viking.
Michel, J. - B., Shen, Y. K., Aiden, A. P., Veres, A., Gray, M. K., Team, T. G. B., Pickett, J. P., et al. (2011). Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books. Science, 331, 176-182. WebsiteAbstract
We constructed a corpus of digitized texts containing about 4% of all books ever printed. Analysis of this corpus enables us to investigate cultural trends quantitatively. We survey the vast terrain of ‘culturomics,’ focusing on linguistic and cultural phenomena that were reflected in the English language between 1800 and 2000. We show how this approach can provide insights about fields as diverse as lexicography, the evolution of grammar, collective memory, the adoption of technology, the pursuit of fame, censorship, and historical epidemiology. Culturomics extends the boundaries of rigorous quantitative inquiry to a wide array of new phenomena spanning the social sciences and the humanities.
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