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Author Wainer, Howard.

Title Graphic discovery : a trout in the milk and other visual adventures / Howard Wainer
Published Princeton, NJ ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2008, 2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 192 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Part I: William Playfair and the Origins of Graphical Display; 1 Why Playfair?; 2 Who Was Playfair?; 3 William Playfair: A Daring Worthless Fellow; 4 Scaling the Heights (and Widths); 5 A Priestley View of International Currency Exchanges; 6 Tom's Veggies and the American Way; 7 The Graphical Inventions of Dubourg and Ferguson: Two Precursors to William Playfair; 8 Winds across Europe: Francis Galton and the Graphic Discovery of Weather Patterns; Part II: Using Graphical Displays to Understand the Modern World
20 Graphical Tools for the Twenty-first Century: I. Spinning and Slicing21 Graphical Tools for the Twenty-first Century: II. Nearness and Smoothing Engines; 22 Epilogue: A Selection of Selection Anomalies; Conclusion; Dramatis Personae; Notes; References; Index
9 A Graphical Investigation of the Scourge of Vietnam10 Two Mind-Bending Statistical Paradoxes; 11 Order in the Court; 12 No Order in the Court; 13 Like a Trout in the Milk; 14 Scaling the Market; 15 Sex, Smoking, and Life Insurance: A Graphical View; 16 There They Go Again!; 17 Sex and Sports: How Quickly Are Women Gaining?; 18 Clear Thinking Made Visible: Redesigning Score Reports for Students; Part III: Graphical Displays in the Twenty-first Century; 19 John Wilder Tukey: The Father of Twenty-first-Century Graphical Display
Summary Good graphs make complex problems clear. From the weather forecast to the Dow Jones average, graphs are so ubiquitous today that it is hard to imagine a world without them. Yet they are a modern invention. This book is the first to comprehensively plot humankind's fascinating efforts to visualize data, from a key seventeenth-century precursor--England's plague-driven initiative to register vital statistics--right up to the latest advances. In a highly readable, richly illustrated story of invention and inventor that mixes science and politics, intrigue and scandal, revolution and shopping,
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Playfair, William, 1759-1823.
Mathematical statistics -- Graphic methods.
Mathematical statistics -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400849276 (electronic bk.)
9781400849277 (electronic bk.)