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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22 The Decision to Launch the Space Shuttle Challenger On January 28 , 1986 ,
the space shuttle Challenger exploded and seven astronauts died because two
rubber O - rings leaked . 22 These rings had lost their resiliency because the ...
For sociologists , the accident is a symptom of structural history , bureaucracy ,
and conformity to organizational norms . Taken in small doses , the assorted
interpretations of the launch decision are plausible and rarely mutually exclusive
These charts defined the database for the decision : blow - by ( not erosion ) and
temperature for two launches , SRM 15 and SRM 22. Limited measure of effect ,
wrong number of cases . Left out were the other 22 previous shuttle flights and ...
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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
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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