When Jon Venn first envisioned his new diagram’s future, he surely couldn’t have expected it to be popular more than a century after he created it. However, it has stood the test of time and has remained a popular diagram for showing correlations between different aspect of a subject or even different subjects entirely. Even in today’s modern world of 3D imaging and greatly advanced technology, the Venn Diagram has a firmly cemented place in many people’s daily life.
Put simply, the Venn Diagram is a series of circles (most often three) that overlap to show the possibilities of various data sets. This doesn’t mean that all of the possibilities exist or that they even have a basis for existence just that it is theoretically possible for these different sets to combine in a variety of ways with many different outcomes. Because of this subjectivity in the diagrams, they aren’t as accurate a depiction of many different courses of study as they were once used for, but they still remain a handy tool to use on occasion.
Even though most people have only ever seen the use of the three circled Venn Diagrams, there are many ways to work a set, while not compromising the data, up to even six different points. This allows the user to justify their conclusions with larger data sets and also have more ideas to look at than what is possible with just three circles. Unfortunately, there is an issue with these larger sets as they often times have too many crossing points for the casual observer to keep track of and they are also quite confusing in their design setup. Nevertheless, Venn Diagrams remain an integral part of our learning curriculum and many people will continue to use these diagrams well into their adult lives.