Ben Fry, well-known for Processing and plenty of other data goodness, announced his most recent piece, On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces, made possible by The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online.
The visualization explores the evolution of Charles Darwin’s theory of, uh, evolution. It began as a less-defined 150,000-word text in the first edition and grew and developed to a 190,000-word theory in the sixth edition.
Watch where the updates in the text occur over time. Chunks are removed, chunks are added, and words are changed. Blocks are color-coded by edition. Roll over blocks to see the text underneath.
As usual, excellent work, Mr. Fry.
Happy labor day!
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Ben Fry is awesome, processing is brilliant :), beautiful piece of art.
I just wish the visualization helped me understand how Darwin’s ideas evovled over time. Maybe in the next version.
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IIRC, Darwin’s 1st published edition was vastly reduced from the book he intended.
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