Why can’t all English classes integrate visual study into them? They just fit so nicely together. Making a convincing observation or argument is always better with a visual supplement. Science seems to go hand in hand with art when you integrate the two together.
I am a sucker for science, particularly physics and astronomy. If there is a diagram relating the masses of our sun compared to the black whole in the center of the milky way, I am going to gobble it down. If there is a simple diagram that demonstrates nuclear fission, I am there. And if there is a Cut-Away airplane diagram, I am going to drool over it until I see every nook and cranny of that plane.
I also understand that these diagram-esqe images can be misleading though. I had a cut away star wars vehicle book as a kid too. That didn’t make it any more real. I also had a book that talked about numerology. It was fascinating. I found things in it that I found to be true, and some points that stood on practically no solid foundation at all. One point the book went into, ironically was exactly what was discussed in our Tufte reading. It was basically the same premise as what Ernst Mossel was trying to prove in “Vom Geheimnis der Form und der Urform des Seins”. In short it was trying to show how many works of art held similar astrological symbolism in them. Sadly, I didn’t buy into that one. But an interesting point that the book brought up that does need more study was the character known as the Golden Ratio; Phi.
This point to is also debatable, but held a lot more ground that the claim mentioned previously. You should check it out if you have never heard of it. In summation it basically says that there is a uniform ratio that shows up in a lot of places, such as the proportions of the human body, the spacing of the planets in our solar system, the curvature of ocean waves and the helix of our galaxy. I’ll let you go ahead and play myth busters on that one. For now, I am going to go look at some airplane diagrams.