If you‚Äôve been following the series¬†on the history of¬†data visualization you should know that this article – a personal tale of excitement and discovery – is a little bit different. You are welcome to go¬†directly to¬†the more standard module on Minard, otherwise I hope you join me for this short story¬†of how the investigation of Charles Joseph Minard’s life and work lead to a shared adventure of discovery.
The Call to Adventure
The following passage from Michael Friendly’s¬†Visions and Re-visions of Charles Joseph Minard¬†jumped off the page when I first read it¬†it six weeks ago:
Already primed with an enthusiasm for the broader catalog of Minard’s work, discovering that his contemporaries were also big fans spiked my curiosity gap. The thought that a¬† Minard map adorned a French oil painting in a¬†gallery somewhere was just too rich. READ MORE