'Beautiful Science' at the British Library

Date Posted: 28/02/14

'Beautiful Science' at the British Library

If you’re heading to the British Library between now and May 26th, be sure to catch the new exhibition, 'Beautiful Science', held in The Folio Society Gallery.

The display explores how scientists and statisticians present data in new and innovative ways and brings together everything from 17th century illustrated diagrams to contemporary interactive visualisations.

Highlights include Florence Nightingale’s seminal ‘rose diagram’ (1858), which showed that significantly more Crimean War deaths were caused by poor hospital conditions than battlefield wounds and an early visual representation of a hierarchically ordered universe in Robert Fludd’s ‘Great Chain of Being’ (1617).

Dr Johanna Kieniewicz, lead curator of 'Beautiful Science', says: “The British Library is home to the nation’s science collection and we’re thrilled to be opening up our fantastic collections in the Library’s first science exhibition. As big data is becoming a topic of such huge interest, we particularly wanted to show the important connections between the past and the present.”

Visit the British Library on a cheap city break to the capital.

Posted by Victoria Stathers

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