A GOOD READ
They say all the world's problems can be solved in a garden, and throughout history, man has been having a go. In The Book of Trees: Visualising Branches of Knowledge, visual data genius Manuel Lima explores the ways people have attempted to make sense of the world by structuring their ideas around trees with their roots and branches, new shoots and dead wood.
Spring, being a time of new growth, seems the right time to appreciate trees, real and symbolic. This isn't his latest book (it was published in 2014) but it's evergreen – excuse the pun, and with unprecedented amounts of big data to sift through and order, it's encouraging to know that medieval monks and ancient Mesopotamians were grappling with the same problems. Lima who has been called 'the man who turns data into art' has just published the follow up: The Book of Circles: Visualising Spheres of Knowledge. Both available from amazon and real, decent bookshops. Read more about Manuel Lima.