The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia

The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia

David McCandless

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0061748366

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia

David McCandless

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0061748366

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Visual Miscellaneum is a unique, groundbreaking look at the modern information age, helping readers make sense of the countless statistics and random facts that constantly bombard us. Using cutting edge graphs, charts, and illustrations, David McCandless creatively visualizes the world’s surprising relationships and compelling data, covering everything from the most pleasurable guilty pleasures to how long it takes different condiments to spoil to world maps of Internet search terms.

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information meaningful. So, that’s what this book is. Miscellaneous facts and ideas, interconnectedvisually. A visual miscellaneum. A series of experiments in making informationapproachable and beautiful. See what you think. David McCandless (August 2009) In this Book Contents Books Everyone Should Read The most mentioned books in Top 100 polls and charts Books Everyone Should Read The most mentioned books in Top 100 polls and charts Kilograms of Carbon Entire supply chain emissions per

declare a discovery about the world. But teams of other scientists must verify or “peer-review” that truth before it’s safe to accept it. The truth here has been assembled by many people. The truth has become social. social. All the time, though, there is an understanding that even this final “truth” may well just be temporary or convenient, a place-holder to be changed or binned later on. (Well, that should be the case. Even scientific discoveries have a tendency to harden into dogma.) If you

Rich? : WorldBankASecondHandConjecture.com. Sources Billion-Dollar-O-Gram : MSNBC, Guardian, Washington Post, Forbes, UNODC, BBC News. All figures 2009 unless otherwise stated. // http://bit.ly/Billion_Dollar-o-Gram. Left vs Right : Wikipedia, Britannica.com, New Scientist, Conservative-resources.com. Snake Oil : English language placebo-controlled double-blind human trials on PubMed.org and Cochrane.org, The US Office of Dietary Supplements, Herbmed.org, European Medicines Agency //

looking and absorbing information via the web. We’re steeped in it. Maybe even lost in it. So perhaps what we need are well-designed, colourful and – hopefully – useful charts to help us navigate. A modern day map book. But can a book with the minimum of text, rammed with diagrams, maps and charts, still be exciting and readable? Can it still be fun? Can you make jokes in graphs? Are you even allowed to? So I started experimenting with visualizing information and ideas in both new and old ways.

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