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The Dawn of a Philosophy of Visualization

Note: this is the foreword of the book Data Visualization in Society (Amsterdam University Press, 2020)

Detail of front cover illustration by Prisca Schmarsow of Eyedea Studio

Geographer John Pickles once wrote that “GIS is a set of tools, technologies, approaches and ideas that are vitally embedded in broader transformations of science, society, and culture.” That’s true of data visualization too, therefore the relevance of the book that you [will] have in your…




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Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo

I teach visualization at the U. of Miami. Author of “The Truthful Art” and “The Functional Art”

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