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My copy of E. Tufte new book Beautiful Evidence arrived in yesterdays mail.

On first impression:

Excellent production, some interesting sections but also some repeated materials from past books and from the two lectures I attended in the last couple years...i.e. a large section on Power Point and a section devoted to his sculptures, the latter being hardly essential in neither the lectures nor the book.

A half page devoted to topographic map legend in the context of line types as carriers of information, mostly used to illustrate the point being made rather than a discussion on legend design ( which I would of found more useful) and a reproduction of part of a Swiss topo map, the reproduction is not as good as that from previous books.

A huge section on Gallileo with some fabulous DaVinci drawings that I have not read yet, but that I am eager to dig into.



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just ordered mine today.

can't wait to look at that puppy
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Thanks for that news :)

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This book is 'beautiful evidence' that Tufte is alive and well (and still on his public appearance tour).

I wonder if he will ever run out of things to say?

Don't get me wrong - his dialectic is very valuable - I had thought he might have written himself into retirement. I saw his tour a few years ago and I wonder if it changes much. Martin, did you see any changes between the two you experienced? I would think that even in repetition you could draw different salient points.

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Matthew,

My two experience were quite different.


The first was a very intimate ( small lecture hall) short (and free) 1.5 hr lecture he gave at Harvard which was quite pleasant. it was mostly focused on the failings of PPT. there was lots of free goodies handed out and he was available to chat with afterwards. All very collegial.

My second experience was the all day seminar, the content of which is really quite well covered in this new book.

My only dissapointment with the second lecture was with his use of time talking about his sculptures, and this is also a theme he takes up in the book, neither of which are or were of interest to me.



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Matt Frost has a review on his very pleasant Blog secretplans.org: http://secretplans.o...utiful-evidence

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Thanks Martin,

I appreciate Frost's review as well as a link to his interesting blog. I am not going to run out and buy his new book - but I will probably see his seminar in a year or two to get my Tufte fix (and his books are included in the price of his seminar). Although I am not too interested in hearing him wax eloquently on his personal sculpture collection.

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I am new to Tuft and his work - will check it out.

Martin - does PPT stand for PowerPoint? Probably not - but curious just the same.

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does PPT stand for PowerPoint?

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Yes

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A Slashdot discussion on Tufte:
here

Although it quickly seemed to focus on his anti-Powerpoint stance, which worked nicely with the anti-Microsoft stance Slashdot seems to have at the moment...
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Although it quickly seemed to focus on his anti-Powerpoint stance, which worked nicely with the anti-Microsoft stance Slashdot seems to have at the moment...


I daresay the anti Microsoft stance is instutionalized in "slashdot" or "think geek".




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