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The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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Jussi Ängeslevä and Ross Cooper, Last Clock, 2002
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Pietro Vesconte, Mappa mundi (world map), 1320
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"It's a ravishing tour [...] Puts circular thinking in a whole new light." - Nature
"The Book of Circles is a thorough taxonomy of circular infographics, but it's also a deep dive into the psychology behind the shape's enduring appeal." - WIRED
"images form a compelling argument about just how ingrained the circle is in the human mind and Lima gives some compelling explanations for it." - Fast Company
"Manuel Lima has collected a huge variety of circular artworks, infographics and illustrations from across history." - The Guardian
"A new book of illustrations celebrates the beauty and versatility of circles. [...] Lima explains why we're so attracted to this most simple of shapes." - BBC Focus Magazine
About the Author
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and praised by Wired Magazine "as the man who turned data into art", Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design as well as a frequent speaker at universities and events worldwide.
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