Thinking with Diagrams

  • Alan F. Blackwell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alan F. Blackwell
    Pages 1-3
  3. Atsushi Shimojima
    Pages 5-27
  4. Peter C.-H. Cheng, Ric K. Lowe, Mike Scaife
    Pages 79-94
  5. Alan F. Blackwell, Kirsten N. Whitley, Judith Good, Marian Petre
    Pages 95-114
  6. Paul Brna, Richard Cox, Judith Good
    Pages 115-134
  7. Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Mark D. Gross
    Pages 135-149

About this book


This book provides an introductory overview of the rapid growth in interdisciplinary research into Thinking with Diagrams. Diagrammatic representations are becoming more common in everyday human experience, yet they offer unique challenges to cognitive science research. Neither linguistic nor perceptual theories are sufficient to completely explain their advantages and applications. These research challenges may be part of the reason why so many diagrams are badly designed or badly used. This is ironic when the user interfaces of computer software and the worldwide web are becoming so completely dominated by graphical and diagrammatic representations. This book includes chapters commissioned from leading researchers in the major disciplines involved in diagrams research. They review the philosophical status of diagrams, the cognitive processes involved in their application, and a range of specialist fields in which diagrams are central, including education, architectural design and visual programming languages. The result is immediately relevant to researchers in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, as well as in applied technology areas such as human-computer interaction and information design.


artificial intelligence human-computer interaction (HCI) intelligence learning programming programming language

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan F. Blackwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5695-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3524-7
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