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

I retired nearly 13 years ago, though I've continued to work during most of the time since then. I'm hoping to return to work on the RS-25 rocket engine program (formerly the SSME) which will power our return to the moon. Mostly I'm just cruising, making the most of what time I have remaining. Although my time is nearly up, I still care deeply about the kind of world I'll be leaving to those who follow me and, to that end, I am devoted to seeing the forces of repression and authoritarianism are at least held at bay, if not crushed out of existence. I write about things that interest me and, as an eclectic soul, my interests run the gamut from science to spirituality, governance to economics, art and engineering. I'm hopeful one day my children will read what I've left behind. 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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