Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How diagrams can promote scientific thinking

Florence Nightingale was the first to use a pie chart to represent data.
A picture, the old adage goes, is worth 1,000 words. But in science a diagram can describe things that transcend the written word. A single image can convey the simple underlying pattern hidden by words or equations.

This article describes several examples of how diagrams helped promote scientific thinking: BBC News - Diagrams that changed the world

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