Theories, maps & territories: Navigating the worlds of science

To say something is a map is not to say it’s a hunch,” said Dr. Godfrey-Smith, a professor at the City University of New York and the University of Sydney. “It’s an attempt to represent some territory.” A theory, likewise, represents a territory of science. Instead of rivers, hills, and towns, the pieces of the […]

The shapes of stories: a Kurt Vonnegut infographic | Maya Eilam

Stories have shapes. That is, they have patterns which can be represented as shapes. Kurt Vonnegut thought about story shapes as graphs on a coordinate plane, with good-to-ill fortune as the y-axis and beginning-to-end of the story as the x-axis. With this simple frame of reference, he could capture the emotional journey embedded in a […]

ISEN Connectivity Map

Datascope Analytics (ISEN) | ISEN Connectivity Map

The ISEN (The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University) Connectivity Map is designed to enable researchers, administrators, funding agencies, and donors to explore ISEN’s interconnectivity. In particular, this visualization focuses on the relationship between ISEN Affiliates through their shared faculties, focus areas, and categories (network diagram) and the number of ISEN Affiliates with […]

TED Playlists: Adventures in Mapping (10 Talks)

Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. Maps convey information that shapes our lives, deepen our understanding of problems and our ability to create solutions, and whisk our imaginations to new lands. Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies Steven Johnson: How the […]