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If Minard worked at McKinsey...

And was a serious Excel jockey.

 

Compare to this.

 

Without the spatialization of the data, e.g. the abstracted map that Minard uses, the gains in troop numbers during Napoleon's retreat as his ranks re-join are completely inexplicable.

 

Score one for visualization!

 

*Inspired by a conversation with Marco Steinberg

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Uploaded on December 2, 2010