Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight

20 February – 26 May 2014
The Folio Society Gallery
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‘Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today’s era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century.

Beautiful Science explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.

From John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.’ (British Library)

William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852

Luke Howard, Barometrographia, 1847

Martin Krzywinski, Circles of Life, 2013 (© Martin Krzywinski)

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