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By Manuel Lima

Bushes are the most ubiquitous non secular symbols internationally. From historic Sumer to Christianity, from the Maya civilization to Buddhism, there’s not often a human society over the a long time that hasn’t linked bushes with a few type of celestial and spiritual power.

Due to its expressive caliber and common branching scheme, bushes have additionally turn into vital communique instruments, illustrating quite a few subject matters resembling kin ties, ethical values, platforms of legislations, domain names of technological know-how, organic species, harddisk drives, database schemas, and on-line discussions.

The ebook of bushes covers over 800 years of human tradition in the course of the lens of the tree determine, from its entrenched roots in non secular medieval exegesis to its modern, secular electronic subject matters. With approximately 2 hundred pictures the ebook bargains a visible evolutionary background of this common metaphor, exhibiting us the incremental adoption of a stylized, summary build, in addition to a up to date emergence of recent visible types, many using complicated computer-generated algorithms. eventually, this booklet makes visualization a prism wherein to monitor the evolution of civilization.

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Arising also in the twelfth century, the tree of Jesse was an immensely popular theme in Christian art and medieval iconography and important to the consolidation of the tree metaphor as a schematic representation of a genealogy. Also known as the radix Jesse (root of Jesse), the tree of Jesse traces Jesus’s genealogy back to the father of King David, Jesse of Bethlehem. The lineage was based on various biblical references establishing Christ’s descent from David, largely found in the books of Isaiah, Matthew, and Luke.

These early pictorial diagrams are also the predecessors of a wide array of contemporary visualization models, discussed in subsequent chapters. 49 Tree-eagle From Joachim of Fiore, Liber figurarum (Book of figures) 1202 Illustration by the Italian abbot and founder of the monastic order of San Giovanni in Fiore, southern Italy, Joachim of Fiore (ca. 1135–1202). This remarkable figure represents the advent of the age of the Holy Spirit. The main trunk features a hierarchical list of several biblical generations, from Adam (bottom) to Zorobabel (top).

This particular illustration is part of a manuscript on jurisprudence and illustrates the various kinship relations among family members. It is accompanied by a text covering the explicit conditions of marriage, in order to avoid any risk of incest and consanguinity. Tree of affinity From Johannes Andreae, Super Arboribus Consanguinitatis, Affinitatis et Cognationis Spiritualis et Legalis 1478 A remarkable tree produced by the Italian expert in canon law Johannes Andreae (1270–1348) and published posthumously in 1478.

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