How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees and networks of information. It’s a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity’s urge to map what we know.

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A very Eurocentric presentation of history, but nonetheless highlights the importance of understanding interconnectedness – from our own brains, to the workings of the universe, to art, and the internet

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