Is Napoleon’s March the Greatest Statistical Graphic Ever? (humanities)

Image of graphic of Napoleon's MarchHere is another example of how un-new infographics are. Charles Joseph Minard, a 19th century French civil engineer, is noted for his inventions in the field of information graphics. The example illustrated to the right is actually a rather remarkable (if not the best ever infographic), takes several variables and displays them in a two-dimensional graphic. Variables included

  • the army’s location and direction, showing where units split off and rejoined
  • the declining size of the army (note e.g. the crossing of the Berezina river on the retreat)
  • the low temperatures during the retreat.

Another famous graphic from Minard was this image that integrated pie charts with a geographic map to illustrate where the meat, eaten by Parisians, came from.

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