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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Writing a few weeks after the epidemic , Snow reported his results in a first -
person narrative , more like a laboratory notebook or a personal journal than a
modern research paper with its pristine , reconstructed science . 4 Snow ,
Cholera , pp .
As a comparison between the two weekly charts shows , the results depend on
the arbitrary choice of time periods — a sign that we are seeing method not
reality . ... A further difficulty arises , a result of fast computing . It is easy now to
S knew : awful consequences result when heroic engineers are ignored by
villainous administrators . In the field of statistics , the accident is evoked to
demonstrate the importance of risk assessment , data graphs , fitting models to
data , 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
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