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Like its predecessors, Visual Explanations is both intellectually stimulating and beautiful to behold. Tufte, a self-publisher, takes extraordinary pains with design and production. The book ranges through a variety of topics, including the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger (which could have been prevented, Tufte argues, by better information display on the part of the rocket's engineers), magic tricks, a cholera epidemic in 19th-century London, and the principle of using "the smallest effective difference" to display distinctions in data. Throughout, Tufte presents ideas with crystalline clarity and illustrates them in exquisitely rendered samples.
Tufte owns this field because he earned it. Pissed off at all the dry and boring expressions of data, Tufte wages a one-man war against snoozing in front of numbers. Read morePublished 3 days ago by R. S. Lloyd
The cover was ripped and mangled. I was expecting light wear and tare.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Meh. It's on of the established works in the field, and has established something of a canonical set of examples, but I found it rather lacking in positive analysis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael
Bought based on my boss's recommendation to expand my knowledgebase in creating compelling visuals. Realized Edward Tufte is the Guru I have been looking for! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gaj Aiyer