scalometer


Read here about the scalometer, a method of diagramming super scale surveys.

Overview

The scalometer (scale - meter, or scale-guage) is a graphic presentation of super-scale information in a circular or sigmoid layout in order to facilitate understanding. The scalometer was created by Lionel Wolberger. The term "scalometer" has been coined independently several times, see etymology for details.

How is this useful?


It is extremely difficult to communicate the vast scale of physical phenomena (super-scale) using any graphical technique. In addition, such renderings necessitate distortions of space and these inaccuracies are usually not made explicit, hence they often mislead people as to their ability to measure, report and act upon such information. The scalometer is a layout that enables a person to see at-a-glance the entire superscale range, and also has room for formal methods of documenting the distortions. Circular and sigmoid scalometers are proposed. Samples are shown here over various data sets.

Who coined the term?




Samples of Scalometers

Sample scalometers are shown below.

Cycles Per Second


Scalometer_Cycles_Per_Second_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Powers of Ten by Eames


Scalometer_Eames_Powers_of_Ten_List_in_Sigmoid_Format_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Powers of Ten


Scalometer_Heart_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Human Lifespan


Scalometer_Human_Life_in_Seconds_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Data Bits


Scalometer_Information_in_Bits_of_Data_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Energy


Scalometer_Joules_of_Energy_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Distance


Scalometer_Meters_of_Distance_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Narcissus's Mirror


Scalometer_Narcissus's_Mirror_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Human Being


Scalometer_of_Human_Being_from_individual_to_community,_to_body_parts_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Powers of Two


Scalometer_Powers_of_Two_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png

Living Systems


Scalometer_Living_System_Heirarchy,_images_brooks_cole_thomson_learning_(c)_2006,_layout_(c)_2011_Lionel_Wolberger.png