100 Diagrams that Changed the World

Posted by – December 9, 2012

Parade Magazine recently touted Scott Christiansen’s 100 Diagrams that Changed the World, ranging from the Chauvet Cave drawings and Ptolemy’s World map to Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Darwin’s Evolutionary Tree and more.

I have to say that, glancing at the table of contents and index of 100 Diagrams, I was disappointed not to see Smith’s Geologic Map of England, Scotland, and Wales – this single chart revolutionized the way geologists map rock layers of similar age and origin. And, although it’s contribution to our understanding of the ancient Egyptians is incalculable, I don’t think the Rosetta Stone meets the definition of a diagram, per se.

Parade’s online review includes a quiz to test how many of these you recognize.


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