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Illustration: (Right) Piet Mondrian, “Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue” (1921), © 2009 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR

Figure 1: (Left) In the 1940s, Richard Feynman invented a graphical method for carrying out calculations in quantum electrodynamics. A typical Feynman diagram shows the electromagnetic force mediated by photons. (Center) Bern et al. [1] use different kinds diagrams in their calculations of N=8 supergravity that permit integration of a large number of subdiagrams. Image shows an example of one of many planar diagrams used in these kinds of calculations. (Adapted from Bern et al. [13].) Owing to their resemblance to the work of artist Piet Mondrian (Right), these graphical computational devices are sometimes referred to as Mondrian diagrams.