The Beauty of Diagrams: Vitruvian Man & Others I Can’t View

Facebook and other frustrations. How many times do you see comments friends of yours have made on threads that were initiated by someone who isn’t a friend of yours . . . and you wanted to comment as well, but couldn’t? It happens to me quite frequently, but I usually just let it go and content myself with gratitude for not being as interested in instant gratification as, say, my seven year old.

However, this morning I became aware of what looks like a fascinating six-part series that was apparently broadcast on BBC4 just recently, the synopses of which are available on the BBC’s website, but which also are listed as unavailable in my area.

Da Vinci's Viturvian Man

Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

The series includes episodes on Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Copernicus and the heliocentric universe, Newton’s prism, Florence Nightingale’s depiction of the real cause of battle deaths, The discovery and depiction of DNA, and the story behind the plaque carried on the space vehicle Pioneer.

As a long-time fan of Edward Tufte’s and the general notion of “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” I was hoping to watch the series. Alas, not only can’t I comment directly on my friend’s comments; I can’t even watch any of the series.

So . . . Jack Vinson – thanks for your inadvertently making aware of the series; curses on you Facebook for not allowing me to make a side comment because the originator isn’t a friend of mine; Damn you BBC for allowing me to read your promos about the series, download the damn iPlayer, but not allowing me to view the episodes.

If anybody out there in cyberland knows how I can remedy this situation without waiting a year before the BBC deigns to replay the series, I would be most appreciative. Thanks.

About Rick Ladd

Since my retirement from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2010, I have spent quite a bit of energy on developing work as a social media marketer for small business, a business manager for an AI software development firm, and as an editor/proofreader for a number of business books and a couple of novels, as well as a two-year return engagement at Rocketdyne from 2015 to 2017. I have decided to stop actively pursuing business in these fields and am now positioning myself to be a writer. I have done quite a bit of writing over the years, but I’ve never really attempted to make any money at it; at least not specifically. I’m starting out with a couple of memoirs and, currently, I’m studying the craft, creating a detailed outline and timeline, and honing my skills as a storyteller. Pretty sure I’ll be writing some fiction as well. View all posts by Rick Ladd

2 responses to “The Beauty of Diagrams: Vitruvian Man & Others I Can’t View

  • Mark Eggleston

    There seem to be a number of sources for this via bittorrent and other sites. Just Google “BBC Beauty of Diagrams”. All I see are in .rar format.

    • Rick Ladd

      Hi Mark. Thanks. I’ve downloaded the bittorrent client and the first show in the series. The video is beautiful but, unless I can read lips and intentions, I’m screwed. No audio! I suppose I should download another version and see what I get, but it’s just not high on my list right now.

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