Sunday, January 18, 2009


This is perhaps my favorite illustration. It is by Charles Joseph Minard and shows Napoleon's invasion of Moscow, Russia and the subsequent retreat to Poland. It is a space-time illustration, using multivariate data. Edward R. Tufte (author the Visual Display of Quantitative Data) suggests it is the greatest visualization ever made. It is very engaging, and simple to read (sorry but this one is in French, there are English variants).

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