British Library’s ‘Beautiful Science’ season

The British Library will soon to be launching an exciting new season titled ‘Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight’. Running from 20th Feb to 26th May the season incorporates many events dedicated to the art and science of communicating data.

Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today’s era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century. Beautiful Science explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.


I’m delighted to be playing a small role in the season, running two special workshops for the Library in February (sold out) and April (nearly sold out) but elsewhere there are some great exhibitions and events lined up. If you are in or around London during this season, I strongly urge you to get along. Here are some highlights:

Mon 10 Mar 2014: Festival of the Spoken Nerd: I Chart The Library


Fri 21 Mar 2014: Knowledge is Beautiful with David McCandless


Mon 24 Mar 2014: Access to Understanding


Mon 28 Apr 2014: Seeing is Believing: Picturing the Nation’s Health



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