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Medieval China: Crash Course History of Science #8

Medieval China: Crash Course History of Science #8

Look at this map of China and tell me if, from what we’ve learned so far, you can tell me about the Chinese civilization. Yep, rivers, big ones… and from them ran the bureaucracy and technology necessary for controlling water. Like Egypt, Sumer, and Mesoamerica, ancient China represents a hydraulic civilization—one that maintained its population …

Food History: Mashed Potatoes

Food History: Mashed Potatoes

During the Seven Years War of the mid-1700s, a French army pharmacist named Antoine-Augustin Parmentier was captured by Prussian soldiers. As a prisoner of war, he was forced to live on rations of potatoes. In mid-18th century France, this would practically qualify as cruel and unusual punishment: potatoes were thought of as feed for livestock, …

Web Search: Crash Course AI #17

Web Search: Crash Course AI #17

Hi, I’m Jabril and welcome to Crash Course AI! There used to be a time when a group of friends at dinner could ask a question like “is a hot dog a sandwich?” and it would turn into a basic shouting match with lots of gesturing and hypothetical examples. But now, we have access to …