A Conversation with Steven Johnson, Part 3/3

Jesse James Garrett interviews Steven Johnson- “Tufte played a huge role in popularizing the story — to this day, most of the people I meet who are familiar with it read about it in Tufte first. He actually wrote about it twice, (…). His original assessment was factually wrong on a number of fronts – it greatly overstated the role of the map in solving the mystery of where the cholera was coming from, and the map itself that Tufte included was a heavily modified replica created for a 1912 textbook on public health. In the later book, he got the story right, though I think he’s a little too bullish on the map’s originality as a work of information design.” – (Adaptive Path)

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