A Little Space, Please

Every branch of science needs to observe phenomena and each has its instruments: microscopes, telescopes, spectrometers, interferometers. While many phenomena have meaningful, intrinsic spatial components, many more do not: the spectral composition of light, the genetic variety in a habitat or observations in a clinical study. To fully observe these, we need not only instruments to measure data, but also a tool that helps makes sense of it all: visualization.
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Robert Kosara,
A Little Space, Please,
American Scientist, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 150–151, 2009.