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Jan
2010
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Recapitulating Ernst Haeckel

The more I live, the more I love and admire the work of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919). He was a zoologist, artist and illustrator, and later a professor of comparative anatomy. I first heard of him while carrying out a philosophy of development study for my undergraduate degree, as he is well known for the phrase "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny," or rather, an individual's (biological) development mirrors that of the species' evolutionary development.
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Dec
2009
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Edward Tufte: The Data Artist

Edward Tufte, lovingly called a "Pioneer of Visual Data Analysis,"  is an artist and statistician at Yale University. His sensitivity in the areas of visual literacy has provoked a number of works that are reshaping the dialogue on how information is expressed and presented.
5
Dec
2009
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The Power of Scale by John Bodley

I’ve been wanting to write about this book for a while. The author, John Bodley, presents the hypothesis that there is a maximum number of interpersonal interactions that one person can grasp. Any systems (or societies) that are larger than that become too big and unmanageable to be efficient. In his words, the majority of problems...
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