After digitizing 5.2 million books
Google now offers new tools that permit a fascinating view of
language, culture, and evolution of thought unlike anything known before. Now
anyone can analyze "500 billion words contained in books published between 1500
and 2008 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian."
Although the intended audience is for scholars, without question everyone can
learn about more about our cultural evolution with Google's new tools. One
might wonder if these new Google tools could be applied to legal research to
help the courts deal with social change. Without question Social Media is
changing way people communicate and this new Google service will provide new
insight about the future.