Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals, animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens. The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
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Such a pre- launch analysis would have revealed that this flight was at
considerable risk.27 On the day before the launch of Challenger, the rocket
engineers and managers needed a quick, smart analysis of evidence about the
threat of cold to ...
The flights without damage provide the statistical leverage necessary to
understand the effects of temperature. ... Flight Date Temperature Erosion Blow-
by °F incidents incidents Damage index 11 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
The coolest flight without any O-ring damage was at 66°, some 370 warmer than
predicted for the Challenger; ... This launch was completely outside the
engineering database accumulated in 24 previous flights. In the 13 charts
prepared for ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KirkLowery - LibraryThing
An eye-opening read. As a linguistic who deals with databases, this book dramatically improved my writing and design of graphics for publication. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jasonli - LibraryThing
In "Visual Explanations," Tufte walks us through various case studies of visual explanations (charts, graphs, graphics, diagrams and maps). Some of the case studies are about great works, while others ... Read full review
Images and Quantities
Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
Pictorial Instructions and Disinformation Design
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