Knowledge Mapping Research
The Library

The Library | Chaim Zins, 2018. 

Human knowledge is constantly growing as we conquer new horizons. New fields emerge as we conceive innovative ideas, improve our scientific methods, invent new technologies, and conquer new worlds. Yet we are eager to see "the whole picture" and the logical relations among the main fields.

 The Library is a systematic map of human knowledge. It is based on theoretical foundations and empirical studies. The Library maps the fields that establish our cultural and scientific heritage.

10 Pillars. Human knowledge is composed of 10 parts (pillars): Knowledge | Supernatural | Matter & Energy | Space & Earth | Non-human Organisms | Body & Mind | Society | Thought & Art | Technology | History.

5 super-phenomena. The 10 pillars are grouped into four groups, which explore four super-phenomena: knowledge (pillar 1, gray), supernatural (pillar 2, blue), universe (pillars 3-4-5, green), and humans (pillars 6-7-8-9-10, red). On top of the meeting point between the universe and humans a fifth super-phenomenon emerges, the living world (pillars 5-6, orange). The colors enable to represent both the religious approach, which separates apes and humans, and the scientific approach, which views them as part of the living world.

 10pk map overview

Knowledge map. Every pillar is divided into categories and subcategories, which together create a hierarchical knowledge tree with 73 end categories. The hierarchical structure maps human knowledge and creates the 10 Pillars of Knowledge (10PK) map. In The Library it is represented by the bookcase (the furniture). Read more...


The Library, Chaim Zins, 2018 (150 x 300 cm)
Creator: Chaim Zins. Graphic design: Pnina Dvir. Images: (1) Encyclopédie by Diderot and d'Alembert, 1751-65 (Photo: Mary-Lan Nguyen, 2010 CC BY 2.0 FR)); (2) Trompe l'oeil. The Reverse of a Framed Painting, Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, 1668-1672, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark; (3) Mantel Clock, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Mantel clock, Julien Le Roy) (CC0).
© 2018, Chaim Zins.

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