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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Dataset

October 28, 2013 —
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Theodore Roosevelt was born 155 years ago yesterday. Roosevelt led an exciting life—he commanded the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, gave a 90-minute speech after being shot, and, oh yes, served as president from 1901 to 1909. As you might expect, Wolfram|Alpha contains quite a lot of data on the life of this impressive figure.

For example, in addition to those accomplishments, Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, the first American to do so:

american nobel peace prize winners

Wolfram|Alpha can also tell you who else won the Nobel Prize in 1906—and if you click “Show achievements,” what they won for.

President Roosevelt was a major champion of national parks and landmarks. In June 1906, he signed the Antiquities Act, which gave the President of the United States the authority to create national parks and monuments. The Natural Bridges and Montezuma Castle were two of the first monuments dedicated by President Roosevelt. Using Wolfram|Alpha, you can compare the two in size, location, annual attendance, and natural beauty:

natural bridges vs. montezuma castle

Wolfram|Alpha is currently in the process of rolling out data on historic sites and landmarks. If you’re visiting a new city, for example, you can check out what historic sites are nearby, where they are, and what they commemorate. Or you might be interested in a particular monument or site, such as Winston-Salem’s shell-shaped Shell station, Australia’s Big Lobster,… or, bringing this full-circle, Mount Rushmore, which commemorates Presidents Roosevelt, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington:

who does mount rushmore commemorate

Mount Rushmore, incidentally, is over 900 Theodore Roosevelts tall and 120 times the depth of the Panama Canal, which President Roosevelt was also instrumental in supporting.