On visualizing

Here’s a quote I saw today:

“It would be ridiculous to try to express by curved lines moral ideals, the prosperity of peoples, or the decadence of their literature. But anything that has to do with extent or quantity can be presented geometrically. Statistical projections which speak to the senses without fatiguing the mind, possess the advantage of fixing the attention on a great number of important facts.”

Alexander von Humboldt‘s early ideas on data visualization, circa 1811, quoted in Visual Storytelling

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