MPIWG

The Sphere Knowledge System Evolution and the Shared Scientific Identity of Europe

Visualizations

The following data visualizations are based on data that is available online through external repositories and data that will be make available soon. Corpus Tracer is an enriched bibliographic metadata collection of the book editions that make up the Sphaera Corpus. For more information, please see the publication list We invite visitors to the database to use the interactive visualizations to help us uncover interesting patterns in the collection. Feel free to contact the project’s PI: Prof. Dr. Matteo Valleriani



Publishing Sacrobosco’s «De sphaera» in Early Modern Europe. Modes of Material and Scientific Exchange, ed. by M. Valleriani and A. Ottone. Cham: Springer Nature, 2021.

The interactive vizualisation maps the research concerned with corpus of 359 different early modern editions of the Tractatus de sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco and in reference to the following edited volume: Matteo Valleriani and Andrea Ottone (eds.), Publishing Sacrobosco’s «De sphaera» in Early Modern Europe. Modes of Material and Scientific Exchange, Cham: Springer Nature, 2021. The contributions to the volume mention about 43% of the works of the corpus.

Credits: Florian Kräutli and Hassan el-Hajj


Used sources in Publishing Sacrabosco's De Sphaera in Early Modern Europe


Matteo Valleriani (ed.), De Sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period: The Authors of the Commentaries, ed. by M. Valleriani. Cham: Springer Nature, 2020.

The interactive visualisation maps the research concerned with corpus of 359 different early modern editions of the Tractatus de sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco and in reference to the following edited volume: Matteo Valleriani (ed.), De Sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period: The Authors of the Commentaries, Springer Nature, Cham, 2020. The contributions to the volume mention about 43% of the works of the corpus.

Credits: Florian Kräutli


Used sources in De Sphaera of Johannes in the Eartly Modern Period


Sphaera Corpus Production Rate

The plot below shows the production rate of editions belonging to the Sphaera corpus between 1472 and 1650. In addition, the plot shows the total number of printed pages, the number of pages with at least a single image, and the number of pages with numerical tables. The pages displaying images were manually identified, while the pages displaying numerical tables were identified using a Machine Learning algorithm (VGG16). In order to better represent the wide range of page numbers, the data is displayed in a logarithmic scale.

Credits: Beate Federau and Hassan el-Hajj


Production Rate Plot


Text-Parts Behavior

The 359 editions of the Sphaera Corpus have been dissected into re-occurring text-parts and organized according to a specific semantic taxonomy that reflects the early modern modes of production of scientific knowledge.

The data are linked to the description of the semantic taxonomy in the following paper:

  • Zamani, M., Tejedor, A., Vogl, M., Kräutli, F., Valleriani, M., & Kantz, H. (2020). Evolution and Transformation of Early Modern Cosmological Knowledge: A Network Study [Journal Article]. Scientific Reports - Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76916-3 Open Access
  • Credits: Florian Kräutli and Daan Lockhorst


    Sphaera adoption flow created by us with a tool made by Mike Bostock


    Scientific Illustrations

    Over 20,000 scientific illustrations were extracted from the 359 editions of the Sphaera Corpus. The visualization connects each illustration with the extensive metadata of the editions and their text-parts. The data concerning the scientific illustrations extracted from the corpus are currently being collected as part of the research project

    Images and Configurations in Corpora of University Textbooks, which is part of BIFOLD—Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data.

    Credits: Florian Kräutli and Daan Lockhorst