Edward Tufte is perhaps the country’s foremost evangelist for the clean, clear and rich presentation of complex information. The Obama administration’s stimulus package is flooding the economy with 787 billion dollars for employment and public works projects. Put the two together, as Obama did earlier this month when he nominated Tufte for the stimulus advisory board with the hopes that the public will have a fighting chance of understanding where the stimulus money went and what it’s doing.
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Edward Tufte has been described by The New York Times as the "Leonardo da Vinci of Data." Since 1993, thousands have attended his daylong seminars on Information Design. That might sound like a dry subject, but with Tufte, information becomes art.
Data scientist Edward Tufte (dubbed the "Galileo of graphics" by BusinessWeek) pioneered the field of data visualization. Tufte discusses what he calls "forever knowledge," and his latest projects: sculpting Richard Feynman’s diagrams, and helping people "see without words."
Edward Tufte has a big backyard that stretches for hundreds of acres near Cheshire, Conn. Over the years, he’s filled that space with giant metal sculptures as big as the trees.