Friday, 17 March 2017

The godfather of descriptive maps

I had assumed that infographics and before them the visualisation of data on maps were twentieth-century developments.  To be sure, there has been an explosion in such things as cheap computing power has made them more accessible and reproducible, but it seems the pioneer was one Charles Joseph Minard in the nineteenth century. Only a couple of his significant works are reproduced in this article by Betty Mason, but there are more in a pdf by Michael Friendly of York University.

It seems that we have a blind spot when it comes to French innovation.

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