Map of Physics ca. 1939

Posted by – September 5, 2012

From Thomas B. Greenslade’s virtual collection comes the Map of Physics, showing the relationships among the various branches of physics and the scientists that contributed to each stream of thought. This map, drawn by Bernard H. Porter in 1939, uses dashed lines as contours of time and represents the principal branches of physics as rivers. True, there has been a lot of interesting physics developed since 1939, but it’s still a useful illustration of using a map to represent a topology of thought, not just for locations in space.

Via the Quantum Pontiff, with thanks to Leo for the tip!