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authors Tufte, E.
year 1997
title Visual explanations : Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative Visual Explanations
source Graphic press, New York
summary As an extension of his observations described in his earlier book, "Envisioning Information", Tuftes third installment of the trilogy turns the discussion to the display of dynamic information. Again, Tufte draws from numerous examples throughout history to illustrate his points. The chapter on Visual and Statistical Thinking contains some of the most poignant arguments in the book, including an engaging visual narrative of the 1854 Cholera Epidemic and a study on the Challenger space-shuttle tragedy. This book may not for everyone, however. It does not contain ready-to-use concepts nor does it present a comprehensive solution for displaying dynamic information. What it does contain, are keen observations and commentary on past attempts at dynamic information display. The relation of each chapter to the next is not readily apparent and is quite precarious in fact. What results, is a book that reads better if each chapter is taken independently. In short, this book will be more rewarding to those willing to spend time to ponder over Tuftes observations. Conversely, the book will appear to have a lack of focus to those in a rush to find solutions.
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