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By Sybille Krämer,Christina Ljungberg

Diagrammatic reasoning is essential for human cognition. it's tough to consider any types of technology or wisdom with no the "intermediary international" of diagrams and diagrammatic illustration in inspiration experiments and/or tactics, manifested in varieties as divers as notes, tables, schemata, graphs, drawings and maps. regardless of their phenomenological and structural-functional adjustments, those different types of illustration percentage a couple of vital attributes and epistemic services. Combining points of linguistic and pictorial symbolism, diagrams transcend the conventional contrast among language and snapshot. they don't in basic terms signify, but intrude in what's represented. Their spatiality, materiality and operativity identify a dynamic software to exteriorize considering, hence contributing to the assumption of the prolonged brain. They foster mind's eye and challenge fixing, facilitate orientation in wisdom areas and the invention of unsuspected relationships.

How can the diagrammatic nature of cognitive and data practices be theorized traditionally in addition to systematically? this is often what this quantity explores via investigating the semiotic measurement of diagrams as to wisdom, details and reasoning, e.g., the 'thing-ness' of diagrams within the historical past of paintings, the diversity of diagrammatic reasoning in common sense, arithmetic, philosophy and the sciences ordinarily, together with the data functionality of maps.

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