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“Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we think”
March 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us on March 12th for a talk by visiting speaker Scott Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University.
“Everything is connected”, a generation of magazine covers shouted, proclaiming the dawn of an age of cybernetics, of information, of big data. The history of that connectivity reflects deep-seated philosophical positions which influence what and how we think. Trees and networks offer particularly compelling models through which to organize the world, and looking at their illustrations over the last thousand years provides a unique purchase into Western Europe’s changing philosophical landscape. Through these illustrations, we can trace everything from the changing role of God, to the underpinning of early gravitational theories, to the values implicit in force-directed network layouts.
***Please note that the workshop that was to be held on March 13 has been canceled, but the talk will be held as scheduled on March 12.***
This event is free and open to the public, but guests from outside the Northeastern community should RSVP to Sarah Connell: sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu.