The first draft of a huge data visualisation, taking 500 major events from throughout history and displaying them on concurrent timelines, so that their connections and position in relation to other events, discoveries and inventions can be put into context.
This diagram has ended up far larger and more complex than originally planned; a simplified and more focussed version will be created soon.
Events are listed in nine categories: Prehistory; History; Building; Entertainment; Invention; Science; Space; Sport and Transport. Reigns of monarchs and dynasties are shown, as well as major conflicts.
A main timeline is shown on the left, with a combination of the categoriesâ€™ most major events, then four category-specific timelines are shown for further detail to the right, linked to the main timeline by what could be considered the most influential event of their category. By tracing across the diagram horizontally, it is possible to see which events took place around the same time.
Related events are connected by dotted white lines, allowing the roots of major discoveries and events to be traced back to their roots.
- the compass was developed before the Earthâ€™s magnetic fields were identified
- the hairdryer and the submachine gun were invented in the same year
- at the same time as the first Olympic Games in 776BC, Chinese astronomers were producing the first recording of a solar eclipse and Halleyâ€™s Comet
- stonehenge is older than the Bible, and was built while woolly mammoths were still alive
- the worldâ€™s population has risen from 1bn to over 7bn in just over 200 years