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The book of trees : visualizing branches of knowledge / Manuel Lima.

  • Lima, Manuel, 1978-
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About this work


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.


New York, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2014]

Physical description

208 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 27 cm


First edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-200) and index.


Foreword / Ben Shneiderman -- Figurative trees -- Vertical trees -- Horizontal trees -- Multidirectional trees -- Radial trees -- Hyperbolic trees -- Rectangular treemaps -- Voronoi treemaps -- Circular treemaps -- Sunbursts -- Icicle trees.


  • English

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