Books Manuel Lima's "Book of Trees"

Published on April 25th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


“The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge”

Long before the term “data visualization” was coined, people used diagrams to organize and show relationships between information. One popular means of visualization, the tree diagram, has been around since the ancient Mesopotamian era. Manuel Lima’s The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge traces the history of tree diagrams, from those earliest examples through medieval genealogies and contemporary computer storage visualizations. Lima’s hundreds of examples illustrate the versatility the tree diagram and point to a near-universal human proclivity for representing hierarchies in this way.

Lima, a New York-based designer and teacher, is best known for his 2011 work Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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