History of scientific thought as a tube-map

Crispian Jago has created a delightful map of the history of scientific thought, superimposed on the iconic London Underground tube-map: "500 years of modern science, reason & critical thinking via the medium of gross oversimplification, dodgy demarcation, glaring omission and a very tiny font." I love it, but I fear for poor Crispian, giving Transport for London's notorious penchant for censoring tube-map takeoffs with abusive trademark threats.

Crispian's Science Map (Thanks, Microchip08, via Submitterator)


  1. This is great! Also, Crispian should prepare himself for the onslaught of people demanding the inclusion of some or other bright fellow. My pick: Judah Folkman.

  2. That’s awesome. But it’s also not the London underground map – even though it borrows the font and look. So hopefully Crispian should be safe from the copywrongers.

  3. This is wonderful. I hope that, when the final version is complete, he makes a giant-sized wall poster of the whole thing and offers it for sale. I’d definitely buy one.

    I tried to leave a comment on his site; but the Captcha wasn’t working. So maybe he’ll read this here: Maybe I just overlooked him, but I didn’t see John Nash included on the mathematics line. Nash’s contributions to game theory are extremely important, especially to modern economics (as well as to other social sciences that have come to use methods borrowed from economics). So I’d highly recommend including Nash on the chart.

  4. One suggestion I’d make (as an ex-theoretical chemist) is having Walter Kohn be a link/transfer/whatever between physics and chemistry. Yes, DFT was mainly a solid-state physics theory, and is still used in SS physics, but now DFT is almost always references theoretical chemistry. In fact, Kohn shared with Pople the *Chemistry* Nobel in ’98.

    Of course, as Feynman said, “All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists know it” so maybe it doesn’t matter…

  5. This is not “superimposed on the iconic London Underground tube-map”. It is only “in the style of” and thus much harder for the permission culture to stomp on.

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