100 Diagrams That Changed the World

Great article and review of a book written by Scott Christianson on Brain Pickings. Very inspirational!

The book tells (and shows) the story of 100 diagrams that changed the world. The saga spans 32,000 years, ranging from the daubed Stone Age paintings discovered on cave walls in Chauvet, France to the futuristic design for the sleek and elegant pocket iPod media player that Apple introduced in 2001.

The diagrams featured here include incredibly intricate figures that were carved into stone to convey some essential meaning; immense and mysterious geoglyphs that were cut into the Peruvian desert; historic maps of various sorts; innovative drawings made by great artists; classical architecture plans; original diagrams of earth-shaking scientific experiments; neat patent representations of developing theories of evolution or psychology; and new graphic tools for displaying statistics, to name a few.

Here’s a link to Amazon.

One comment

  1. Aniruddha · · Reply

    Fascinating read 🙂

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