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Published: 1992

Author: Edward R. Tufte

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Size: 197 Pages

ISBN: 096139210X

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Tufte is the grand master of data visualization and this book is his most classic work. It is a must read for anyone engaged in data visualization, design, or business intelligence. That is not to say the Tufte has gotten it all right... This book is foundational. Understand this visualization guru and his methodology first and then build your knowledge of newer methods and theories.

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