A Visual Encyclopedia of Theory & Philosophy
A Design Book: Big Ideas in Philosophy, Science & Mathematics for The Visual Learner
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 5 2018 2:09 PM UTC +00:00.
A designer, a philosopher, and a mathematician walk into a bar…
The worlds of scientific hypothesis, mathematical theory and philosophical inquiry are often conveyed in difficult language – and understandably so! Theorists and philosophers dedicate lifetimes to the development of these radical and innovative ideas, and these ideas can require long, complicated explanations. That’s why designer Christian Hendricks has teamed up with David Egan and Julie Zhu (a philosopher and a mathematician, respectively) to make a new book to help all of the philosophy-curious out there. This book aims to provide a useful companion to learning more about these ideas and assist the visual learner in all of us.
The book takes an explorative approach to explaining complex, obscure, and sometimes strange ideas that aren’t always easy to comprehend. Descriptive texts are included in the book, but the focus is on the visualizations. It is designed to be something like a hybrid of a textbook and an artist’s sketchbook.
The concepts are emphasized through charts, graphics, and isometric illustrations. In order to meet our edition minimum for printing, we need 350 pre-orders to make this book a printed reality, in all its tactile glory. Long live print! 📖
David Egan is a philosopher and playwright. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oxford and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hunter College. (eganphilosophy.com)
Christian Hendricks is an artist and designer. He has received an artist fellowship from the Yale School of Art and his MFA from Hunter College. He is currently an Associate Designer at Chiat/Day. (hendrickscreative.com)
Julie Zhu is a mathematician and composer. She received her BA in Mathematics from Yale University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford in musical composition. (juliezhu.net)
Excerpts From The Book
Risks and challenges
We have drafts of all of our ideas and illustrations, but it will take a lot of work to refine the pages in this book into the most helpful and elegant illustrations they can be. The three of us are all experts in our respective fields, and we are confident we can deliver a book that anyone would be proud to own.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter