Chen, C. Mapping Scientitfic Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization.

Chaomei Chen Chaomei.Chen at CIS.DREXEL.EDU
Wed Nov 27 09:07:55 EST 2002

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you the publication of a new book on the subject of science mapping.

    Chen, C., Mapping Scientific Frontiers:
    The Quest for Knowledge Visualization
    London: Springer-Verlag.
    2002 XII, 244 pp. 163 figs. 111 in color. Hardcover
    Recommended Retail Price: EUR 79,95 *

Mapping Scientific Frontiers examines the history and the latest developments in the quest for knowledge visualization from an interdisciplinary perspective, ranging from theories of invisible colleges and competing paradigms, to practical applications of visualization techniques for capturing intellectual structures, and the rise and fall of scientific paradigms. Containing simple and easy to follow diagrams for modeling and visualization procedures, as well as detailed case studies and real world examples, this is a valuable reference source for researchers and practitioners, such as science policy analysts, funding agencies, consultancy firms, and higher education institutions. It presents 163 illustrations, 111 in colour, including maps, paintings, images, computer visualizations and animations.

"Broad-ranging historical review, integrative, inspirational, and visionary. Thoughtfully demonstrates the value of appropriate visualizations in understanding patterns, exploring knowledge sources, and discovering important trends in science." Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland

"Pictures are worth a thousand words but as Humpty Dumpy said they mean what we choose them to mean. I forecast that Chen's systematic review of the rich and ambiguous world of science mapping and visualization will become a Citation Classic." Eugene Garfield, President - The Scientist and Chairman Emeritus - Institute for Scientific Information.

Keywords: Citation analysis, Domain analysis, History and philosphy of science, Information visualization, Mapping science, Visualizing science

Contents: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge.- Mapping the Universe.- Mapping the Mind.- Enabling Techniques for Science Mapping.- On the Shoulders of Giants.- Tracing Competing Paradigms.- Tracking Latent Domain Knowledge.

With best wishes,

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