«Visualizing Empires Decline» is an awarded project by Pedro Miguel Cruz, a Portuguese student of Information Technologies. The award was conceded at SIGGRAPH 2010 – the greatest festival of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in the world, on the cathegory of Seeds of Science – Junior.
The project was born while the author was attending his Master’s course at the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering of University of Coimbra. It consists on a mathematical-based visualization of the growth and decline of four european empires of the 19th and 20th centuries: The Portuguese, the Spanish, the French and the British.
It is a very interesting thing to watch and to reflect upon. We can see in this example how visualization can help to understand long-term trends in historical research, if based in statistical data.