Thinking with Diagrams

Thinking with Diagrams

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This book provides an introductory overview of the rapid growth in interdisciplinary research into Thinking with Diagrams. Diagrammatic representations are becoming more common in everyday human experience, yet they offer unique challenges to cognitive science research. Neither linguistic nor perceptual theories are sufficient to completely explain their advantages and applications. These research challenges may be part of the reason why so many diagrams are badly designed or badly used. This is ironic when the user interfaces of computer software and the worldwide web are becoming so completely dominated by graphical and diagrammatic representations. This book includes chapters commissioned from leading researchers in the major disciplines involved in diagrams research. They review the philosophical status of diagrams, the cognitive processes involved in their application, and a range of specialist fields in which diagrams are central, including education, architectural design and visual programming languages. The result is immediately relevant to researchers in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, as well as in applied technology areas such as human-computer interaction and information design.For example, electronic circuit diagrams use only shape and topology to convey the identity and connections of components; the position, ... A diagram omits detailed scale or realistic pictorial 1 36 ELLEN YI-LUEN DO AND MARK D. GROSS.

Title:Thinking with Diagrams
Author:Alan F. Blackwell
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2001-04-30


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