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The New York Public Library Maps Scientific Discoveries, Innovation

Map shows the increase of new anthrax studies in late 2001, when the research community responded to the bioterror attacks of that year

An exhibition running through August 31 at The New York Public Library (NYPL) focuses on innovative methods of using maps and globes to convey and explain complex scientific developments. Geographic maps of physical places have guided mankind's exploration for centuries, drawing a line between the known and unknown, said the NYPL in a release. The maps in Places & Spaces: Mapping Science chart abstract concepts in and across a variety of scientific disciplines using information from journals, publications and public dialogue as landmarks and guideposts.

In a manner similar to the maps that explorers used, these new kinds of maps track the emergence, evolution, and disappearance of scientific topics to help identify the most promising areas of research. Places & Spaces: Mapping Science features 20 maps, a series of globes by Ingo G