"In today's confusing and fast-changing world, if we are to shape our children's lives for the best, it is essential that we understand what science is thinking, where it's coming from, and where it's going. This fascinating, lucid, brilliantly illustrated book shows us all that." --James Burke, author of Connections "Science is a voyage of discovery and Katy Borner has provided its first atlas. This excellent book offers a compendium of all that is best in explaining visual maps of our scientific knowledge." --Michael Batty, University College London, author of Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals (MIT Press)
"In the 'Atlas of Science', information scientist Katy Borner highlights examples that summarise the evolution of research and its interlocking communities in pictorial form. The book accompanies Borner s ambitious travelling exhibitions, 'Places & Spaces: Mapping Science', an ongoing programme of well-crafted visual presentations that have conveyed aspects of science to the public in libraries and museums since 2005 (http://scimaps.org). Contributors to the book get bylines and photos, making the collection a collaborative effort with diverse voices. Each two-page spread is a sumptuous feast of dense prose, delicious visuals and engaging quotations....Borner sets out the story of scientific map-making well. She shows a range of examples based on aspects of science: geographical maps, historical timelines, taxonomic hierarchies, citation networks and various forms of textual graphics. Readers will learn about the geographic concentrations of the creative class in Europe, North America and Japan; Wikipedia editing patterns; rising patent citations; and pathways to discoveries such as the structure of DNA....Borner s magnificent book offers provocative new maps of science that will inspire fresh thinking." --Ben Shneiderman, Nature
"Featuring one unique and intriguing visual design after another, Atlas of Science illustrates the origin and evolution of science mapping." --Chaomei Chen, Drexel University, author of Mapping Scientific Frontiers
About the Author
Katy Borner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.