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The Book of Trees

Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Manuel Lima

$29.95

     7.5 × 10 in (19.1 × 25.4 cm)
Hardcover
208 pages
135 color illustrations, 60 b/w illustrations
Imprint: PAPress
Publication date: 03/15/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892180


Our critically acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity was the first in-depth examination of the burgeoning field of information visualization. Particularly noteworthy are the numerous historical examples of past efforts to make sense of complex systems of information. In this new companion volume, The Book of Trees, data viz expert Manuel Lima examines the more than eight hundred year history of the tree diagram, from its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to its current resurgence as an elegant means of visualization. Lima presents two hundred intricately detailed tree diagram illustrations on a remarkable variety of subjects, from some of the earliest known examples from ancient Mesopotamia to the manuscripts of medieval monasteries to contributions by leading contemporary designers. A timeline of capsule biographies on key figures in the development of the tree diagram rounds out this one-of-a-kind visual compendium.
  • Tree diagrams suggest strategies for representing data across many disciplines, including science, law, geneology, linguistics, economics, and sociology
  • Includes fascinating examples, such as early conceptualizations of heaven and hell, kinship diagrams of kings of France and West Virginian mountaineers, and analyses of recipe ingredients


A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009," Manuel Lima is a designer, researcher, teacher, and founder of VisualComplexity.com, a visual exploration of mapping complex networks.

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