Picturing the Uncertain World How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty Through Graphical Display

ISBN-10: 0691152675
ISBN-13: 9780691152677
Edition: 2009
Authors: Howard Wainer
List price: $17.95
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Description: In his entertaining and informative bookGraphic Discovery, Howard Wainer unlocked the power of graphical display to make complex problems clear. Now he's back withPicturing the Uncertain World, a book that explores how graphs can serve as maps to  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

In his entertaining and informative bookGraphic Discovery, Howard Wainer unlocked the power of graphical display to make complex problems clear. Now he's back withPicturing the Uncertain World, a book that explores how graphs can serve as maps to guide us when the information we have is ambiguous or incomplete. Using a visually diverse sampling of graphical display, from heartrending autobiographical displays of genocide in the Kovno ghetto to the "Pie Chart of Mystery" in aNew Yorkercartoon, Wainer illustrates the many ways graphs can be used--and misused--as we try to make sense of an uncertain world.Picturing the Uncertain Worldtakes readers on an extraordinary graphical adventure, revealing how the visual communication of data offers answers to vexing questions yet also highlights the measure of uncertainty in almost everything we do. Are cancer rates higher or lower in rural communities? How can you know how much money to sock away for retirement when you don't know when you'll die? And where exactly did nineteenth-century novelists get their ideas? These are some of the fascinating questions Wainer invites readers to consider. Along the way he traces the origins and development of graphical display, from William Playfair, who pioneered the use of graphs in the eighteenth century, to instances today where the public has been misled through poorly designed graphs.We live in a world full of uncertainty, yet it is within our grasp to take its measure. ReadPicturing the Uncertain Worldand learn how.

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