Diagrammatic forms of visualization are ubiquitous in scientific publications, as well as in popular mediations of scientific contents. Diagrams abstract and encode information. They are indispensable in many scientific contexts, and, together with charts and graphs, also in the daily media, reaching a wide audience of experts and non-experts.
This conference proposes to trace this historical development in the early modern period. It takes a truly interdisciplinary approach when talking about a timespan of roughly 500 years (1300-1800) across all early modern sciences. The conference brings together research on the culture of the diagram in various sciences of the epoch to form a large overall picture. This conference aims at tracing the emergences and the disruptions of traditions of diagrams in all fields of scientific theory and practice.