The animation, to be seen in the YouTube video below, distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, their map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble


Enjoy this 5 and a half-minute of visual intelligence!