The Minard System

“Napoleon’s Russian Campaign” is one of the most famous historical infographics ever. This is a compendium about the life and work of Charles-Joseph Minard (1781-1870), the French civil engineer who created the masterpiece. It was the last in a long series of works. He was trained in technical drawing and cartography as well as in mathematics. After his retirement, he immersed himself in the new art of statistics and data visualisation – creating an outstanding series of statistical maps

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