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Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

Fri, 05/01/1998 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

This is the third volume in a series by Edward Tufte (the others are "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information", and "Envisioning Information"). All three are beautifully crafted books that are a delight to read and to handle. The most recent one brings the reader's attention to the use of graphics, narrative, and numbers to convey motion, process, mechanism, cause and effect.

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Digital Diffraction

Mon, 04/01/1996 - 00:00 -- Hal Harris

I've always thought that optical transforms were a great model for the determination of crystal structures using X-ray diffraction, and I've used the ICE (Institute for Chemical Education) kit for this exercise many times.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Sat, 03/02/1996 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

John Allen Paulos is author of another book that you may have read or heard about, "Innumeracy", in which he describes the decline in the ability of Americans to perform simple mathematics, even arithmetic. In "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper", he provides some of the reasons why mathematics is important to everyday life.

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