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Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity

Niall Ferguson is a British historian. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His specialty is international history, economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets, and British and American imperialism. Image credit: Axess TV/BBC

TED presents Niall Ferguson who outlines why and how the west was so successful in history, when Asia and China was far more advanced in many areas but Europe from the 15 century and forward surpassed in economic wealth, science and power (see this previous summary article on why human history looks the way it does).  Historian Niall Ferguson suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture — call them the 6 killer apps — that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all share-able.