Ben Fry – The Preservation of Favoured Traces

The Preservation of Favoured Traces is a project produced by Ben Fry of Fathom Information Design. In this piece, Fry explores Darwin’s On the Origin of Species across multiple editions, color-coding each word of Darwin’s final text by the edition in which it first appeared. Fry produces a book and poster from this work, which traces Darwin’s thoughts and revisions, demonstrating how scientific theories undergo adaptation before their widespread acceptance.

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