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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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More information dimensions and greater information density

Unlike pure text, a Mind Map presents several kinds of information simultaneously, making the meaning of a theme a great deal clearer.

Each piece of information in a Mind Map is conditioned by the following aspects:

check.png The word on the branch.

check.png The position of the branch within the Mind Map.

check.png Colours which may carry a particular meaning.

check.png Graphic elements which can contain additional meaning.

By having all these layers of information effectively superimposed on each other, the information density of a Mind Map is significantly greater than in a text like this book. This is the only way we can explain how the content of a whole book can be packed into one or several Mind Maps. The superimposed information layers of a Mind Map allow the author of the map to present the theme in an easily comprehensible, sensible and yet highly compact way. However, it usually only works for the person who has drawn up the Mind Map.

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