Zoom Through Time

What if you could explore the entire span of history — both human and planetary — with just a few mouse clicks?

That’s the idea behind ChronoZoom, a zoomable, multimedia timeline conceived by UC Berkeley student Roland Saekow to help visualize history and to assist researchers in viewing large amounts of data to find new historical connections.

UC Berkeley geology professor Walter Alvarez and his students have teamed up with Microsoft Research Connections engineers to make this web-based software possible, and you can see just how far they’ve come in the latest video from UCTV Prime.

Then have some fun poking around the Beta version on the ChronoZoom website. What slice of history will you click to?

Watch “ChronoZoom: A Timeline for Big History.” And visit the UCTV Prime website for more video snapshots from the University of California.

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