Touching Minard

An examination of the original diagrams by Charles-Joseph Minard, and related materials by Léon Lalanne and Émile Cheysson in the ENPC Archives

Paul Kahn
Paul Kahn
Jun 1, 2020 · 24 min read
The author at ENPC library, opening a mounted diagram from the Cartes figuratives (1853–1863) box. The Tableaux Graphiques et Cartes Figuratives par M. Minard portfolio is open in the foreground.

NOTE: In the interest of consistency, throughout this essay I identify Minard’s diagrams using the number (preceded by #) and English name assigned by Sandra Rendgen in The Minard System: The