June 8, 2012

From Useful Trees to Powerful Networks: A talk by Manuel Lima from Microsoft

It’s Friday, so here’s another one of those cool RSA Animate videos by Cognitive Media. This one is narrated by Microsoftie Manuel Lima and describes how the tree structures that we know and love, such as the infamous tree of life are becoming inadequate for organising knowledge, despite having been useful for thousands of years.

Trees are, according to Lima, being replaced by networks of various kinds [1] as they are often a better way to organise the huge complexity [1] of the world around us.


  1. Manuel Lima (2011) Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information Princeton Architectural Press.

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