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Science family tree

Have you ever wondered just how inter-related research in primatology is with research in paleobotany? Well, apparently that question comes up fairly often, which is why researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created their version of a map of the sciences. They don’t give a very good explanation of what all the color coding means, but it does make it very pretty. It sort of looks like a massive constellation.

Map of Science
Map of Science

The Los Alamos team analyzed click streams from 23 databases — Thomson Scientific, Elsevier, Jstor, Ingenta and multiple campuses of the University of Texas and California State University — and mapped patterns of interest and cross-journal citations.” Searchers were unidentifiable.

Along with this, there are a whole slew of “maps of science” looking at science family trees, competencies across different nations, and all sorts of interesting visual representations of scientific statistical data.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

2 thoughts on “Science family tree

  1. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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