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Modern Authors Refuse God
19 Dec 2010

Analyzing the digital text of millions of books, the scientists at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google and the Encyclopedia Britannica reported that they documented the decline of the word "God" in the modern era. It falls sharply from its peak in the 1840s.

This became possible due to collaboration between Google and Harvard University that has brought us Ngram Viewer, a service that analyzes how often certain terms have appeared in millions of books over a specific time range. This tool helps to search the popularity of up to five different words or phrases that have appeared since 1800 via a table charting each term’s growth or decline. A user can narrow his search to a specific language (Chinese, English, French, German, Russian or Spanish), or wade through the entire database.

They also could track changing tastes in food, noting that the appetite for sausage is shrinking (it peaks in the 1940s), and the appetite for sushi is soaring since the 1980s.