[SIGCIS-Members] Tree diagrams in computer science and other fields (i.e. genealogy)

Bernard Geoghegan bernardgeoghegan2010 at u.northwestern.edu
Sat Mar 28 04:31:54 PDT 2020


Dear All,

 

Thanks for this extraordinary feedback on the tree-like, arborescent, and dendritic. Every time I feel myself in what I think is a lonely scholarly cul-de-sac, I send a quick note to this list, and I find the research branching off in every possible direction, with roots springing far back into myriad soils.  

 

While juggling a quarantined child and grocery deliveries, I made a quick and dirty bibliography of your wonderful recommendations, below. By the time you receive this, there may be a few more I’ve added but didn’t get to include here. I’ve also managed to track down most of the PDFs—please contact me directly, off-list, if you’d like some help getting your hands on the PDFs.

 

Warmly, b 

                

Alexander, Christopher. “A City Is Not a Tree.” Architectural Forum, 1965.

———. A City Is Not a Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition. Sustasis Press/Off The Common Books, 2017.

Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987.

Drucker, Johanna. Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production. MetaLABprojects. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2014.

FIshwick, Paul. “Computing as Model-Based Empirical Science,” 205–212. SIGSIM PADS ’14. Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1145/2601381.2601391.

Hacking, Ian. “Trees of Logic, Tress of Porphyry.” In Advancements of Learning: Essays in Honour of Paolo Rossi, edited by John Heilbron, 219–61. Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2007.

Hepler-Smith, Evan. “Paper Chemistry: François Dagognet and the Chemical Graph.” Ambix 65, no. 1 (2018): 76–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/00026980.2017.1418232.

Knuth, Donald E. The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithms, Part 1. 1 edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley Professional, 2011.

Knuth, Donald Ervin. The Art of Computer Programming. Volume 1, Fundamental Algorithms. 3rd ed. Place of publication not identified: Addison Wesley, 1997.

Lima, Manuel. Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

———, ed. Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.

Mackenzie, Adrian. Machine Learners: Archaeology of a Data Practice. The MIT Press Ser. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017.

Mcgoldrick, Monica. Genograms: Assessment and Intervention. 2nd Revised edition edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1999.

Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History. London: Verso, 2005.

Rosenberg, Daniel, and Anthony Grafton. Cartographies of Time. 1st ed. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

Vardouli, Theodora. “Graphing Theory : New Mathematics, Design, and the Participatory Turn.” Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/113917.

———. “Skeletons, Shapes, and the Shift from Surface to Structure in Architectural Geometry.” Nexus Network Journal, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00004-020-00478-0.

 

 

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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Joris van Zundert <joris.van.zundert at huygens.knaw.nl>
Date: Friday, 27 March 2020 at 11:56
To: Barbara B Walker <bbwalker at unr.edu>
Cc: Sigcis <members at sigcis.org>
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Tree diagrams in computer science and other fields (i.e. genealogy)

 

+1!!

 

 

On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:27 AM Barbara B Walker <bbwalker at unr.edu> wrote:

I just want to say how much I am enjoying this fascinating thread!

 

And that I hope everyone is safe and comfortable in these difficult days.

 

Barbara

 

 

From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Evan Hepler-Smith <evan.heplersmith at gmail.com>
Reply-To: "evan.heplersmith at gmail.com" <evan.heplersmith at gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:44 PM
To: BRIAN JUSTIE <b1 at ucla.edu>
Cc: Sigcis <members at sigcis.org>
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Tree diagrams in computer science and other fields (i.e. genealogy)

 

Hi Bernard, 

 

I second Matthew's reference to Manuel Lima, The Book of Trees, an art-historical treatment of just this question, including a taxonomy of kinds of trees. And Theodora's reference to her own work!

 

I have an article discussing the development of trees and graphs as mathematical objects and calculation devices in comparison/connection with the graphical practices of organic chemists circa the late 19th century and 1960s:

 

Evan Hepler-Smith, “Paper Chemistry: François Dagognet and the Chemical Graph,” Ambix 65, no. 1 (2018): 76–98, https://doi.org/10.1080/00026980.2017.1418232.  
 

(Preprint linked on my website; I can send a PDF of the published version to anyone interested.)

 

Alexander et al., A Pattern Language also seems relevant to this question, though not specifically about trees. (Although Alexander's earlier essay "A City is Not a Tree" might be.)

 

Evan

 

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:21 PM BRIAN JUSTIE <b1 at ucla.edu> wrote:

Bernard, 

Johanna Drucker’s Graphesis has a brief section (pp. 95-105) on the history of tree diagrams in humanistic inquiry, which includes a handful of potentially useful citations.

Hope this helps,

Brian

 

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Brian Justie
b1 at ucla.edu 

PhD Student, Department of Information Studies

Researcher, UCLA Labor Center

 

 

 

On Mar 26, 2020, at 2:03 PM, Jeff Scott Nagy <jsnagy at stanford.edu> wrote:

 

Dear Bernie,

 

If by trees in CS you mean at least in part the abstract data type, Knuth gives a short history and bibliography on pp. 406-7 of the first volume of The Art of Computer Programming, the section beginning with "Trees have of course been in existence since the third day of creation..." On p. 459, he gives a little more on the history of trees as CS data structures in particular. 

 

Happy to send photos of these pages if they'd be of use! I think the files are too big to not get bounced by the list though. 

 

Sincerely,

Jeff

 

From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Bernard Geoghegan <bernardgeoghegan2010 at u.northwestern.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:05 PM
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Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Tree diagrams in computer science and other fields (i.e. genealogy) 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

A little query sent across the lockdowns and quarantines: Can anyone recommend scholarship on the tree-style diagrams that circulate both in computer science and a wide range of other fields, for example, genealogy, kinship? Is there any good work on the history of these diagrams, their intersection, and what they might say about possible links in styles of reasoning across fields that might, otherwise, seem remote?

 

Thanks for your thoughts, 

b

 

 

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Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Digital Media

Chair of the UG Assessment Board, Digital Culture

www.bernardg.com

 

Department of Digital Humanities

King's College London 

The Strand Building

Room S3.08

WC2R 2LS

 

Office: +44 (0)20 7848 4750

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