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Edward Tufte
March 14, 1942 -
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.


That is to say, nature's laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space/time point.


My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.


Public discussions are part of what it takes to make changes in the trillions of graphics published each year.


The idea of trying to create things that last - forever knowledge - has guided my work for a long time now.


A curious consequence is that I have become a minor celebrity.


The point of the essay is to change things.


The minimum we should hope for with any display technology is that it should do no harm.


I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing a cognitive style on workers and their work.


What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets, which would tell us who's going to do what and how we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.


The goal is to provide analytical tools that will last students a lifetime.


I am certainly not an intellectual relativist, nor a moral relativist.


The speculative part of my work is that these particular cognitive tasks - ways of thinking analytically - are tied to nature's laws.


If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.


A practical part of my teaching is to provide demonstrative, hands-on experiences.


What this means is that we shouldn't abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.


I hope that I am generous and tolerant, but certainly on the intellectual side I think that there are discoverable truths, and some things that are closer approximations to the truth than others.


The leading edge in evidence presentation is in science; the leading edge in beauty is in high art.


There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.


My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.


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