Beautiful Evidence

Beautiful Evidence

Edward R. Tufte / Feb 17, 2020

Beautiful Evidence Science and art have in common intense seeing the wide eyed observing that generates visual information Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing how data and evidence turn into expl

  • Title: Beautiful Evidence
  • Author: Edward R. Tufte
  • ISBN: 9780961392178
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide eyed observing that generates visual information Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how data and evidence turn into explanation The book identifies excellent and effective methods for showing nearly every kind of information, suggests many new designs including sparklines , and provides analScience and art have in common intense seeing, the wide eyed observing that generates visual information Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how data and evidence turn into explanation The book identifies excellent and effective methods for showing nearly every kind of information, suggests many new designs including sparklines , and provides analytical tools for assessing the credibility of evidence presentations which are seen from both sides how to produce and how to consume presentations For alert consumers of presentations, there are chapters on diagnosing evidence corruption and PowerPoint pitches Beautiful Evidence concludes with two chapters that leave the world of pixel and paper flatland representations and move onto seeing and thinking in space land, the real land of three space and time.

    Beautiful Evidence Edward R Tufte Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide eyed observing that generates visual information Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how data and evidence Edward Tufte Books Beautiful Evidence BEAUTIFUL EVIDENCE Bloomberg, Best Innovation and Design Books A brilliant masterpiece, the Galileo of graphics has done it again ZDNET, Best Business and Technology Books Tufte will get you thinking about the meaning of words and images, The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press The work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press Graphics Press LLC P.O Box Cheshire, CT Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. Snake Oil Supplements Information is Beautiful See our beautiful infographic books Regularly updated with revitalising boosts of fresh data New entries include melatonin, proving travellers were right about its effect on sleep and good evidence for Vitamin D for flu, bones and long life. Evidence for valerian as a cure for anxiety has dropped, as has any likelihood that cranberry juice has impact on urinary infections. Physical attractiveness Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person s physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either There are many factors which influence one person s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. How People Read on the Web The Eyetracking Evidence How People Read on the Web The Eyetracking Evidence Individual License Evidence Facts Climate Change Vital Signs of the Planet Vital Signs of the Planet Global Climate Change and Global Warming How do we know it s happening Here s the evidence. Zo Keating Music How do I play my music live To perform live, I use a combination of microphones and pickups attached to the body of the cello and record onstage using a foot controlled computer that runs Ableton Live, SooperLooper, MAX and MidiPipe. Wordle Beautiful Word Clouds Wordle is a toy for generating word clouds from text that you provide The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear frequently in the source text. Max Gerson Max Gerson October , March , was a German born American physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, a dietary based alternative cancer treatment that he claimed could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases. Gerson described his approach in the book A Cancer Therapy Results of Cases The National Cancer Institute evaluated Gerson s claims and

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      • Edward R. Tufte

        Edward Rolf Tufte born 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri to Virginia and Edward E Tufte , a professor emeritus of statistics, graphic design, and political economy at Yale University has been described by The New York Times as the Leonardo da Vinci of Data He is an expert in the presentation of informational graphics such as charts and diagrams, and is a fellow of the American Statistical Association Tufte has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.Tufte currently resides in Cheshire, Connecticut He periodically travels around the United States to offer one day workshops on data presentation and information graphics.


    1. The fourth of Tufte’s books, contains his devastating pamphlet on Powerpoint, which should be required reading for everyone. Come to think of it, all of his books should be required reading — in the age of pictures and words, they could take the place of freshmam compositionMy map of the book:

    2. Having finished all of Tufte's books now, I would rate them as follows:1) Visual Explanations2) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information3) Envisioning Information4) Beautiful Evidence"Visual Display" is the one everyone knows about, but I thought "Visual Explanations" had a far higher didactic value and was more courteous to the reader's interests. It is really the one I would recommend to people who are interested in Tufte's work. "Beautiful Evidence" is by far the worst; it is a muddled, [...]

    3. The book led was one of the most enlightening books that I've every read. I've always had a penchant for using numbers, images, and heuristics to explain, and began taking Edward Tufte's courses when the opportunity arose, starting in 1998. He held them in hotel ballrooms throughout the United States, and his followers attended with cult-like repetition, sometimes registering for the same course 6 times in one year.Edward Tufte is one of the most elegant designers of information alive today, the [...]

    4. Did anyone else notice that on p. 121, in the graph adapted from Carl Sagan, Tufte snuck in the Carolingian centaur (a tiny version of the large one featured on p. 84) alongside his regular animalia? "Other details below repay study," he winks.On p. 179, the Table of Casualties listing causes and numbers of deaths in London from 1629-1660 is used to show how much information can be packed in, in contrast to a content-poor medium like PowerPoint. Just a few of the causes of mortality listed are:A [...]

    5. I have mixed feelings about Beautiful Evidence. When Tufte focuses on the details, he's practically sublime. The deconstruction of the map of Napoleon's march to Moscow is the highlight of the book. He takes this complex, interesting thing and breaks into pieces that are themselves complex and interesting. It's delightful.But Tufte is prone to ranting and insults and in doing so he loses precision and insight. The chapter "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint" is the low-water mark of the book, a r [...]

    6. Tufte is one of my intellectual heroes, so it's a little sad to see a book from him that I can't really recommend. It's as beautiful as ever, but the ideas don't cohere into a marvelously orchestrated framework as they do inVisual Displays of Quantitative Information.Still, his brilliance and wit shine through in places, and for a Tufte fan it's still a worthy read. "Making a presentation is a moral act as well as an intellectual activity."What Tufte has in common with other intellectuals I admi [...]

    7. ET (as he refers to himself) clearly has great insights on conveying information. Much of the content here--sparklines, multivariate charts, the necessity of hierarchy--is revelatory. However, the book is repetitive, discontinuous, polemical, and self-indulgent. What's his beef with star charts? What do sculpture pedestals have to do with anything? The snarky tone that sneaks in periodically ("PowerPoint Phluff") is neither funny nor appropriate in context. And for a book designed by a designer, [...]

    8. Less and less seems to be at stake in each successive Tufte book; Beautiful Evidence falls more or less in incoherent vanity project territory. Yes, there are some gorgeous drawings and maps in here, and yes, I will be looking up that book about skiing the French way, but is PowerPoint design really "the hill you want to die on"? Increasingly put off by Tufte's central assumption that there are universal truths and that data are innocent until corruption by poor design. Stop trying to make spark [...]

    9. In this work, Tufte focusses as usual on great visual design, and relates it closely to how design can provide solid, reliable, uncorrupted information.As always this is a great book, perhaps better than the others except his first (Visual Display of Quantitative). I especially liked the detailed analyses of bad examples, and of good ones. He gives concrete advice, and in this book actually introduces a visual innovation (sparklines) which have turned out to be very useful in the real world.He r [...]

    10. Tufte really doesn't like PowerPoint.I thought it was really sad that this book, like Visual Explanations, features a story about how a failure to accurately present information caused a disaster at NASA. In Visual Explanations it was the Challenger, and in this book it was Columbia. Sad that even years later NASA hadn't taken the lessons learned from the Challenger disaster and applied a more rigorous investigation of the evidence before concluding that Columbia was safe to re-enter. One of my [...]

    11. "Design cannot rescue failed content." If you hate meetings that include PowerPoint presentations ("chartjunk") and know there must be a better way to present information- read this book. Though not his best, the chapter on PowerPoint alone is worth the read. I first heard about Tufte in a college statistics class and came across his name recently in an article for Wired magazine. This year Tufte was appointed to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel to assist in providing transparency in the [...]

    12. The beauty of Tufte's books comes up a lot in reviews. Yes, the paper is very nice. Yes, I appreciate the line length and margin proportions but is that the point? Would Tufte say say it was (ok, he might well, but at least you could argue that back with what he's written)? In contrast I've got Kosslyn's book sat on my desk while i write this. Kosslyn's book is ugly. The cover is a design crime (despite the author reminding the reader that books are judged on their covers!), the page furniture i [...]

    13. Mesmerizingly studious analysis of design, both the good and the bad. The chapter "Fundamental Principles of Analytical Design" (on Minard's classic infographic depicting the demise of the French Grand Army in the Russia campaign of 1812-13) made Tufte famous, and deserves its encomia: its insights, enhanced by its own magisterial design as an essay/presentation, compel the reader throughout an excruciatingly detailed consideration of data. The chapter on sparklines is another highlight. While I [...]

    14. WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Tufte shows how to examine data for quality and "truthiness". Tufte also shows how to "design" information to turn meaningless data into meaningful, usable information--which could improve your business communications to nuclear-strength, or help the war on "Fake News". Due to the cost-cutting elimination of many fact-checkers and overseers of information quality & ethics in newsagencies, corporations, and schools, many people are losing important teachers and tools fo [...]

    15. I like Edward Tufte. I appreciate his view on self exemplifying documents and the need for intelligent and beautiful design of information. I've browsed three of his large books: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Beautiful Evidence, and Envisioning Information. While they are all beautiful books and very interesting, I can't help wishing they had a higher usability factor. He wants the reader to move slowly and study each example as he has, which has merit, to be sure, but the larg [...]

    16. I actually enjoyed the book up to the point where the author started ranting about Powerpoint and then bragged randomly about his sculptures. He cherry picked some of the worse PPT presentation ever and made a general sweeping conclusion of how you should use MS Word for your presentation instead. Seriously though, no one really makes slides like that anymore, and you cannot blame the software for the presenter's laziness. It's just as horrible when people print out their papers and just read ou [...]

    17. No one knows information design like Edward Tufte, Yale professor and author of several extraordinary books. The New York Times called him: “The Leonardo da Vinci of data,” and that moniker may not be far from the truth.In the wake of his three eminently successful and influential books on information design, the bar for "Beautiful Evidence" was high, indeed. As more than a few thoughtful reviewers have noted, "Beautiful Evidence" recapitulates some of those previous books' themes -- and so [...]

    18. 7/30/15: Skimmed most of the book but read the section on PowerPoint presentations more carefully. The examples with the Columbia and Challenger space shuttle disasters were both well-reasoned and sad. (Bottom line: the reductive thinking of a PP presentation is not sufficient to convey the nuance needed for tough decisions. It shouldn't replace a technical report.) More generally, it was a good reminder that PP is not an efficient method of communicating information because it "has the worst si [...]

    19. Tufte's fourth in a series on visual data and its representation, following:The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd editionEnvisioning InformationVisual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and NarrativeThe topic of the forthcoming fifth in the series ("walking, seeing, and constructing" ) is foreshadowed in the pictures of Tufte's landscape sculptures at the end of beautiful evidence.If you are familiar with Tufte's other books, you already know the treat in store when you [...]

    20. I read this book because of all the buzz on sparklines a few years ago.I liked the emphasis on the power of the human vision system to process large amounts of data quickly. The focus here, then, is on high information density with as much context as possible. Tufte really likes figures right next to related text, or even within the text. He likes scales on pictures, or perhaps well-known objects for context. Also, information to convey statistical significance is also considered important, and [...]

    21. This book is beautiful to look at. I think even the strongest critics would agree. For the record, I am glad I own this book.The question regards practicality and truth in advertising. The author certainly does not deliberately mislead, but many readers of his books (or those who know his reputation), will be expecting a book focusing primarily on the display of data in graphics. Fully two thirds of the book addresses that topic. However, many readers will be surprised to find discussions of dan [...]

    22. Two chapters in particular fascinated me - the chapter which focuses on taking inspiration from Renaissance texts by treating them as design manuals, and the chapter which evaluates PowerPoint as a tool (and, in sum, declares it unfit for purpose). There was a significant overlap with The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, but it addressed several elements that I thought were absent there - including, for instance, more emphasis on good design, and explaining why a particular design was [...]

    23. Wow. I don't know the last time I read an author I disliked as much as Mr. Tufte. He manages to be arrogant, self-aggrandizing, and a blowhard all at once. This book must be titled ironically, because there is little to no beauty in it. Some of the examples of 'beautiful evidence' do meet the criteria, but others seem utterly unsupportive of the topic. And the content is ugly as well; it is disjointed, tangential, and not at all what I was led to believe the book was going to be about. There are [...]

    24. It's been a while since I read this book, but I find myself often referencing one of its chapters, "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within," so I decided it would be worthwhile to write a summary here. That chapter tells about a formal audit of communication within NASA after the 2003 Columbia disaster. The auditors determined that overuse of PowerPoint in lieu of whitepapers was largely culpable for the failure to respond to damage incurred by the shuttle during launch, [...]

    25. This is the third of Edward Tufte's books I have read (the others being The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative). I was happier about much of this book than the others, though there was carry-over material from them.The layout of the book itself shows that Tufte practices what he preaches. There is little ambiguity and the text and images or graphs are crisp and interesting. There are chapters that act as good resource [...]

    26. What I enjoy most about Tufte’s books is his wide use of graphical material to present his subject. Take away the text, and the reader is left with an interesting art book that holds its own on any coffee table. However, on closer inspection, this book, like all of Tufte’s publications, is a statement on the effective presentation on data, and one of the more helpful business books around.This book is interesting because the principles are distilled further. Show trends in the data in beauti [...]

    27. "Beautiful Evidence" the fourth of Edward Tufte's exquisitely designed and crafted books on the role of information as a design element in and of itself. I've seen Tufte speak once - before the publication of this book. He enthralled me and changed the way I think about my work in the field of graphic design.For those of you who followed Tufte's work before "Beautiful Evidence" came on the scene, there is not much there you haven't seen. Tufte's previous treatises on sparklines and the negative [...]

    28. (This is my February book for work.)I enjoyed this most when he's discussing the presentation of quantitative data (e.g sparklines), and least when he's dissecting what is essentially subjective (e.g mapped pictures, Barr's art chart), and it starts sounding like McLuhan. He also tends to read as more mean-spirited and ridiculing in this book.I had already purchased the "Cognitive Style of PowerPoint," which had been released prior to this book. I remember not liking it very much at the time, th [...]

    29. I made explicit use of the sparklines approach in analysing and presenting multi-layered time-series data. While I consider the outcome less elegant than what can be produced by a graphics package, just putting the picture of the numbers together was powerful. In later discussing what Beautiful Evidence can do for tamping down on speculative methods of analysis and easing on the conflicts that arise from where the problems lie, it also became apparent that what was produced was a snapshot of dat [...]

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