100 Twitter accounts for Philomaths (Lovers of Learning)


A philomath is a lover of learning.  A philomath is not synonymous with a polymath; a philomath is a seeker of knowledge and facts, while a polymath is a possessor of knowledge in multiple fields. (Wikipedia)

Here are 100 Twitter feeds to follow for philomaths, the curious and those who would like to improve their general knowledge – from both institutions and individuals – some with a twist and many that will bring you a daily dose of learning! Listed in alphabetical order, you probably won’t want to follow them ALL – but if you do, here is my ForPhilomaths Twitter list. Suggestions welcome for additions to the list. Please leave in the comments below.

  1. 100 years ago today@100YearsToday Remembering the people, places & happenings of this date 100 years ago.
  2. About.com@aboutdotcom We help people answer questions, solve problems, learn something new and get inspired.
  3. About World Languages@aboutworldlangs Providing information and cultural awareness about languages around the world
  4. Albert Einstein@AlbertEinstein  Official Twitter account of the World’s Favorite Genius.
  5. Art Daily@artdaily The First Art Newspaper on the Net
  6. Asap SCIENCE : @AsapSCIENCE Your daily dose of fascinating science.
  7. Astronomy News@astronomy The latest astronomy news, curated by the [Inside] team
  8. A Word A Day@Awad A daily newsletter about unusual words and their origins
  9. BBC iWonder@BBCiWonder Stories to make you think. From BBC TV, radio, online and beyond.
  10. Big Think@bigthink Get smarter, faster, for success in the knowledge economy
  11. Biography.com@Bio People. Nostalgia. History & Culture. Crime & Scandal
  12. Book Nerd@booknerdfession Confessions Of A Book Nerd!
  13. BrainCraft@Brain_Craft A web series exploring psychology, neuroscience and why we act the way we do.
  14. Brain Pickings@brainpickings This is the Brain Pickings bot – daily blog posts, automated
  15. British Pathe@BritishPathe The world’s finest collection of newsreels and cinemagazines.
  16. Curiosity@curiositydotcom Curiosity Makes You Smarter! Get informed with 5 new amazing topics, delivered daily.
  17. Daily Art@dailyartapp  serving espresso shot of art every day, straight to your phone – here also on Twitter.
  18. Daily Writing Tips@writing_tips Daily tips on grammar, spelling, punctuations, freelance writing and more!
  19. Daily Zen@dailyzen Enlighten yourself.
  20. Damn Interesting@DamnInteresting Legitimately fascinating true stories from history, science, and psychology.
  21. Did you know@Know Feed your brain with things to know
  22. Discovery@Discovery Grab life by the globe!
  23. Dose@dose Stories Worth Sharing
  24. Electric Literature@ElectricLit Saving literature one reader at a time:
  25. eHow@eHow Discover the expert in you.
  26. Fact : @Fact Interesting facts about the world we live in.
  27. Five Books : @five_books The best 5 books on everything
  28. Genius brain teasers@GBrainTeasers puzzles, riddles, mathematical problems, mastermind, music, word puzzles, stereograms, cinemania …
  29. Google Maps@googlemaps Photographic dispatches from Planet Earth.
  30. Google Facts@Google Facts Learn new things every day. When you doubt our facts, Google is your friend.
  31. Great Minds Quotes@greatestquotes A collection of quotes that will challenge, motivate and inspire you.
  32. Groovy Historian@GroovyHistorian All kinds of odd, old and fun historical facts (anything to do with history)
  33. Harvard Press : @Harvard_Press  Offering nonfiction in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  34. History in Pics: @HistoryInPics Sharing the most powerful and entertaining historical photographs ever taken.
  35. How stuff works@HowStuffWorks Find out how the world works.
  36. How things work@ThingsWork Satisfy your curiosity with amazing new perspectives on how things work.
  37. Hubble@NASA_Hubble The official Twitter account for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope.
  38. Inspirational Quotes@inspire_us The BEST Inspirational Quotes out there!
  39. Interesting Facts@neverknownfacts General Knowledge, Interesting Facts, Amazing facts, Latest facts. Known is a drop and Unknown is an Ocean.
  40. Internet Archive@internetarchive digital library offering access to millions of free books, movies, and audio files, plus an archive of 450+ billion web pages.
  41. Learn Everyday : @coolestlifehack Posting mind blowing information. Learn Something daily with us.
  42. Learning : @factsguide  The most unimportant things you’ll never need to know.
  43. Library of Congress@librarycongress World’s largest library
  44. Life Hacks@LifeHacks Daily hacks, tips and tricks to optimize your life!
  45. Life Hacks@TipsForYouDaily Life hacks, life tips, and information to help you organize your life and make it a breeze.
  46. List25@list25 Daily Top 25 Lists about science, animals, sports, politics, entertainment, humor, trends and more
  47. Listverse@listverse Ultimate Top 10 Lists
  48. Love Archeology : @lovearchaeology We Love Archaeology, History, Museums, Classics, & Archives!
  49. J. Paul Getty Museum @GettyMuseum : Seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts.
  50. Maths History@mathshistory History of maths (math to some) tweets from the British Society for the History of Mathematics
  51. Mental floss@mental_floss Amazing facts from the people at Mental Floss magazine.
  52. Merriam-Webster@MerriamWebster Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  53. Mind Facts : @mindfacts Fascinating Facts About the Human Mind!
  54. Minute Earth@MinuteEarth Science and stories about our awesome planet.
  55. Minute Physics@minutephysics minute physics as soon as possible
  56. Missed in History@MissedinHistory Holly and Tracy splash around in the depths of history.
  57. Museum of Modern Art@MuseumModernArt Victor Samra & Gretchen Scott at the easel, for MOMA, New York
  58. National Book@nationalbook National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards
  59. National Day Calendar@nationaldaycal Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar.
  60. National Geographic@NatGeo Since 1888, we’ve traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with new generations.
  61. Numberphile@numberphile Loving the world of numbers…
  62. OMG Facts :  @OMG Facts Facts worth sharing
  63. One’s Knowledge : @Must_known Knowledge knocks on the door of action. If it receives a reply it stays, otherwise it departs.
  64. OnThisDay & Facts@NotableHistory Historical Pictures & other Interesting Facts….
  65. Oxford Academic@OUPAcademic Oxford University Press’s academic news and insights for the thinking world.
  66. Oxford Classics : @OWC_Oxford Bringing readers closer to the world’s greatest literature.
  67. Quick and Dirty Tips@quickdirtytips A podcast network & website helping you do things better. Tips on grammar, nutrition, fitness, health, psychology, productivity, money & more
  68. Quotes : @quotes Inspirational quotes from the world of books, history and popular culture.
  69. Philosophy Tweets@philosophytweet Philosophy Tweets — Be a Good Genius.
  70. Pubic Domain Review@PublicDomainRev Online journal and cabinet of curiosities dedicated to showcasing the most beautiful and unusual out-of-copyright works available on the web.
  71. Random Facts@factsandtrivia A collection of interesting facts and historical trivia about a variety of fun topics.
  72. Science Channel@ScienceChannel Thought-provoking updates, news, videos, and more from Science Channel.
  73. Science Daily@ScienceDaily Read breaking news about the latest discoveries in science, health, the environment, and technology.
  74. Seeker@Seeker We are all Seekers. We dare to act on our curiosity with an instinctual belief that wisdom is gained by experiencing, observing and exploring.
  75. Seeker Daily@seekerdaily A network for the young-at-mind where it’s cool to be smart and curiosity is the fuel
  76. Sketch Dailies@sketch_dailies Daily character inspiration posted before 11am PST.
  77. Smithsonian@smithsonian We’re not a museum. We’re 19 of them! (plus a zoo & 9 research centers)
  78. TED Talks@TEDTalks Ideas worth spreading.
  79. The British Library@britishlibrary Keep up to date with all the news from the British Library.
  80. The Nobel Prize@NobelPrize The official Twitter feed of the Nobel Prize
  81. The Ocean Portal@OceanPortal Join the Smithsonian Ocean Portal in exploring the ocean and its life.
  82. The OED@OED The Oxford English Dictionary is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1,000 years of English.
  83. The QI Elves @Qikipedia Quite Interesting bits and pieces from the mythical creatures behind BBC TV’s QI.
  84. The School of Life@TheSchoolOfLife We develop emotional intelligence through the help of culture
  85. The Quote@thequote Great quotes, verified, words of inspiration, words of wisdom, throughout the day, every day.
  86. Today I learned@TodayILearnd A Twitter feed of posts from /r/TodayILearned from reddit.
  87. Today in History@Yesterday_Today So, what happened on this day in the past?
  88. Today’s Document@TodaysDocument Today in History & Daily Historical Documents from the US National Archives.
  89. Treehugger@TreeHugger Links, Ideas and Conversation from the TreeHugger hive mind, the latest in modern green.
  90. Tweets of Old@TweetsofOld Real one-line brevities from old newspapers, as they appeared–or close.
  91. Uberfacts@Uberfacts The most unimportant things you’ll never need to know.
  92. Vocabulary@VocabularyCom Helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language
  93. Weird Science@weird_sci Weird & Wonderful Science
  94. What the F*** Facts : @whattheffacts All (& only) things that make you say WTF.
  95. Wikipedia@Wikipedia The official Twitter account for the sum of all knowledge, Wikipedia.
  96. WIRED : @wired WIRED is where tomorrow is realized.
  97. Word of the Day@Word of the Day Expanding your vocabulary one word at a time.
  98. Wordspy@wordspy The word lover’s guide to new words.
  99. Words@selfamused All the words you didn’t know you needed.
  100. World Museum : @world_museum From Japanese Samurai armour to bugs galore, from ancient Egyptian mummies and dinosaurs, to outer space


  1. Mark Oehlert


    Love your lists and this one is no exception….BUT, one on here, @historyinpics is a bane to historians, myself included. They never cite sources making the pics impossible to verify. Drives me crazy. 🙂

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