Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

M.Blackmore mblackmore at
Mon May 15 13:57:32 PDT 2006

Thought this was interesting (for a beginner at least). Hope its
relevant to others hereabouts, as not exactly geographic use of maps...
but what extension to those could this sort of idea encompass?


S&C Podcast | posted May 12, 2006
Places & Spaces: Mapping Science
How maps can be used to chart progress and gaps in scientific knowledge
Cartographic maps have long guided human exploration, enabling discovery
while marking the unknown. In an age when scholarly knowledge is stored
in an exponentially increasing number of books, papers, emails, and
other formats where it cannot be processed by man or machine, a new kind
of map can guide scientific exploration. 

An exhibit on display through August 31 at The New York Public Library's
Science & Industry Business Library shows how maps can be used to keep
track of mankind's expansive scientific knowledge. Download our audio
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in iTunes. This is an enhanced podcast.
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Also see the exhibit's online counterpart at which provides links to a selected
series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of why
these maps work. 
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multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary."
Confucius, Analects (circa 6th century BC)

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Benjamin Franklin

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