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“Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information”

by Travis Korte
Visual Complexity, by Manuel Lima

Manuel Lima’s Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, a popular 2011 book on the history and practice of network visualization, was released in paperback in September 2013. The material, which spans a broad range of time periods and fields, includes a medieval Christian genealogical diagram and a modern visualization of the mouse genome.

Numerous physical and social phenomena can be modeled as complex networks, from pandemics to Facebook friendships to food flavor relationships, and visualization techniques to keep track of these networks has advanced considerably in the last decade. Lima, a New York-based designer and teacher, began working on the book during graduate research into complex networks.

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