Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge

How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees and networks of information. It’s a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity’s urge to map what we know.

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Networkism is a growing artistic trend, characterized by the portrayal of figurative graph structures—illustrations of network topologies revealing convoluted patterns of nodes and links

The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent research and educational institution. We study how interactions within a system lead to its behavioral patterns, and how the system interacts with its environment. Our mathematical tools transcend the boundaries of physical, biological and social sciences, as well as engineering, management, and medicine.


Author: Jiyeon Kang (Jenny)

MFA Student of Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design

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