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Finally, visualization reaches maturity as Katy Borner shows readers the powerful, but rarely seen, forces that shape our lives. Drawing on the work of thousands of creative visual designers, this book is a tribute to human ingenuity in creating our new world of visual thinking. -- Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, author of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction There are many books that now tell us how to use the plethora of new methods that let us visualize complex data. But Atlas of Knowledge goes well beyond this, showing us in step-by-step fashion with key exemplars, how we can harness this power of visualization. A wonderful guide for anyone who wishes to exploit the power of contemporary scientific visualization in their own work. -- Michael Batty, University College London; author of The New Science of Cities This isn't just a wonderfully illustrated coffee-table book, but one of the best references ever on how to design information graphics and visualizations. Just the sections on how to choose the best way to visually represent data depending on your goals are worth the price of the entire book. -- Alberto Cairo, University of Miami, author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization A brilliant synthesis of knowledge visualization practices and a timely contribution as the next wave of Big Data scholarship materializes. Borner's book is a 'must have.' -- Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam; author of Digital Methods The Atlas is a comprehensive and systematic compendium of state-of-the-art methods for knowledge communication and science evaluation. Using practical and relevant case studies, the Atlas illustrates trends in scientific knowledge management and mapping. -- Abel L. Packer, Federal University of Sao Paulo Foundation, Director of SciELO / FAPESP Program The human brain can process massive amounts of information either sequentially -- in a series of spoken or written words -- or simultaneously -- in a single parallel image. This splendid new book shows a panorama of ways that empower brains to process information that is not only hard and time-consuming to describe in words, but in many cases cannot be fully understood until it is transformed into images. -- Stevan Harnad, Universite du Quebec a Montreal and University of Southampton, Cognitive Scientist and Open Access Archivangelist

About the Author

Katy Boerner is Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, Leader of the Information Visualization Lab, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author of Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know and the coauthor of Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data, both published by the MIT Press.


The Atlas of Knowledge is an excellent general reference book for those interested in scientific approaches to computer-generated data visualization. -The Globe. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society Inc.
This visually stunning, complex, and thought-provoking publication will be of particular interest to information visualization professionals and serve as a revelation to informed nonspecialists. -Library Journal * Reviews *
Whether you read it cover to cover or just browse the extraordinary examples, you put it down inspired. -Nature * Reviews *
In addition to the practical advice that Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map offers, the overall, lasting effect of the book is one of awe; the book sets the reader's mind to wander about the myriad ways that displaying and visualizing data may help us live more healthy, effective, and robust lives. -Mathematical Association of America * Reviews *
The Atlas of Knowledge is an excellent general reference book for those interested in scientific approaches to computer-generated data visualization. -The Globe. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society Inc. * Reviews *

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