just the other day i was having a conversation with rene about the usefulness of data visualization. we both agreed that for arts sake, this is a perfectly nice thing to look at, however rene felt was not very useful beyond that most of the time.
i disagreed, however had difficulty coming up with examples of why i felt this was true. thanks to seed magazine for creating this well visualized (yet badly narrated) video called Science in Silico.
this video shows some very stunning data visualizations of what viruses look like when they mutate, what solar systems look like when they collide and even proves Einstein's theory of gravitational waves.