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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Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations clothbound
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Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations paperback
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"There's a book that you simply must see. Riveting ideas on how to tell compelling stories of cause and effect using numbers and images." WASHINGTON POST

"Few teachers are as accomplished as Edward Tufte when it comes to showing why good design matters in the world. His latest book is a knockout. Straightforward, witty, compelling, packed with vivid examples." WIRED

"If this book were a house, it would have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright." ONLINE

"Edward Tufte is a brilliant observer and analyst of visual displays. The diversity of examples is awesome. Every aspect of this book is of the highest quality."JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION

"Visually enthralling. Enlightenment springs from every page in Tufte's graceful exposition of truth and rigour. A cool and timeless elegance."THE SPECTATOR

"Easily one of the finest books of our time. A magnificent artist's book, an exquisite but affordable work of art. What William Morris sought unsuccessfully in book design, Edward Tufte has accomplished." BALLAST

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