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Beautiful Evidence: The Art of Science & the Science of Art

Dr. Edward Tufte

The renowned theorist of analytical design, Edward Tufte, was described by the New York Times as “the Leonardo da Vinci of data” for his pioneering work in the display and analysis of visual evidence. His lecture here draws from his forthcoming book, Beautiful Evidence, which develops the fundamental theory of analytical design and proposes methods for display for nearly every type of evidence (time series, images, causal arrows, data tables, statistical graphics, public presentations). He will also discuss his analysis (that appeared in the final report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Review Board) of the Boeing/NASA PowerPoint slides created while the space shuttle Columbia was injured but still alive.

Edward Tufte has written seven books, including Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. He writes, designs, and self-publishes his books on information design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design. He is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design. His current work includes digital video, sculpture, printmaking, and a new book, Beautiful Evidence.

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