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Gallery: How networks help us understand the world

Gallery: How networks help us understand the world
As designer Manuel Lima points out in his TED Talk, A visual history of human knowledge, the network has become a powerful way to visualize much of what is going on in the world around us. “Networks really embody notions of decentralization, of interconnectedness, of interdependence,” says Lima. “This way of thinking is critical for us to solve many of the complex problems we are facing nowadays, from decoding the human brain to understanding the vast universe out there.” Here, Lima shares a few of his favorite network graphics. The Strengths of Nations This image shows the connections between scientific disciplines such as astrophysics, math and biochemistry. Visualizing the Bible This 2007 map by Chris Harrison shows 63,779 cross-references found in the Bible. flowerGarden This visualization by Greg Judelman and Maria Lantin shows the online discussion at a live event. Map of Science yFiles Although this looks like a piece of abstract art, there’s actually a lot going on here.

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