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June 11, 1997

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

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Medical Center of Delaware Newark

 

by Edward R. Tufte, 156 pp, with illus, $45, ISBN 0-961-3921-2-6, Cheshire, Conn, Graphics Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;277(22):1816. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540460082044

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Abstract

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If you think you might like Visual Explanations—perhaps you have heard that it is the third in a series of beautifully produced books about the graphical display of data—then you should buy it. Not many books have been as widely acclaimed by so many readers working in as many different fields as these have.

Edward Tufte and his Graphics Press present here the description of strategies for the display of information about "motion, process, mechanism, cause and effect." The author explains that if the first book in the series, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, was about pictures of numbers, and the second, Envisioning Information, about pictures of nouns, then this book is about pictures of verbs.

Using a series of beautifully reproduced graphical displays, which are variously witty, delightful, and thought-provoking, Tufte continues our education on how data should be displayed. And, as may be the case

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