Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight

British Library

20 February – 26 May 2014

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Revealing how turning numbers into pictures has helped scientists to tell important stories since the 19th century.

The exhibition explores how picturing scientific data has helped us to contextualise obscure facts and figures to give them greater meaning in our lives.

From John Snow's 1854 plotting of the London cholera infections to illustrative depictions of the tree of life, examples on display reveal that our understanding of the world around us has evolved almost directly alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.

Venue information

Opening times

Main building

Mon – Thu, 9.30am – 8pm

Fri, 9.30am –​6pm (Sat until 5pm)

​Sun, 11am-5pm

Treasures Gallery and PACCAR exhibitions

Tue –Thu, 9.30am-8pm, Mon & Fri until 6pm, Sat until 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

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