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Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know Hardcover – September 17, 2010
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...I am enthusiastic about this exhibition. For anyone interested in visualization, maps or science, it is a veritable cornucopia and the author is to be congratulated for the imagination and energy she has put into the project.(Professor Tom Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Information Research)
Featuring one unique and intriguing visual design after another, Atlas of Science illustrates the origin and evolution of science mapping.(Chaomei Chen, Drexel University, author of Mapping Scientific Frontiers)
In today's confusing and fast-changing world, if we are to shape our children's lives for the best, it is essential that we understand what science is thinking, where it's coming from, and where it's going. This fascinating, lucid, brilliantly illustrated book shows us all that.(James Burke, author of Connections)
Science is a voyage of discovery and Katy Börner has provided its first atlas. This excellent book offers a compendium of all that is best in explaining visual maps of our scientific knowledge.(Michael Batty, University College London, author of Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals (MIT Press))
This book and its complementary online exhibit are recommended as an educational source for getting a broader understanding of scientific visualization...This book is recommended for high school, academic, and large public libraries and it should be on the shelves of those interested in the connection between the graphic arts and the sciences.(Nestor L. Osorio, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship)
This book has a wide potential audience, including laypersons interested in science, undergraduates, graduate students, and practitioners. It should also adorn coffee tables in science departments around the world.(R.A. Kolvoord, James Madison University CHOICE)
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For anyone interested in mind bending conceptual formulations of what we know,
where we can be, how we got here, who's going with us, it is a lip smacking delight.
I'm pacing myself for another run through the buffet line.
Anyone with less than a bachelors degree, and probably only then with a science major, will open this colorfully illustrated coffetable-book and go "Huh?" Those with the prerequisite knowledge to understand the extensive graphics will be fascinated. Unfortunately, this mix of science and history is contaminated with science futurism; there are parts that more correctly should be filed by librarians under science fiction.
The most enjoyable sections are the biographical snippets that explain how various (mostly computer pioneer) luminaries contributed to various stages in the analysis of scientific advancement. However, the perspective of the book is through the new digital generation and lacks the expertise of veteran scientists who would have rightly dampened the futurist gloss. For instance, in tracing the history of maps, it begins with the ptolemaic system rather than earlier T-O maps that were "oriented" with East at the top, hence the meaning of the term "to orient a map."
One recurring pioneer thinker is Eugene Garfield, familiar to earlier users of "Current Contents." He was inventor of the science citation index that rates a publication's value on the number of times it is then cited. Modifications of this procedure have been used for substantial portions of graphic analyses. This may be useful for molecular biology or cancer research where each new discovery immediately triggers the next step. But in systematics, a monographic revision of a group should "quiet" the field for some time; if it is immediately followed by extensive citations, that would nearly always indicate that the revision was erroneous and generated extensive objections.Read more ›
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Got this as a birthday present, so I did not have time to return it when I noticed that the cover of the book was a bit damaged--it looked as though the book had sat on a bar with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary
Wonderful graphics. It is, however, worth pondering why, in this age of big data and social network theory, there is only one that really tries to capture the causal intersection... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Peter J. Taylor
Great for all ages. I got this to help get children interested in science with the great pictures. But now I don't want their dirty little hands touching it! LOLPublished on December 30, 2010 by Costx