Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 11:10:50 -0700

Author: Eric Ayars

Subject: Edward Tufte books


Yeah, "PowerPoint makes you dumb" is a good summary.

Tufte writes some good stuff. His classic is "The Visual Display of
Quantitative Information", which is a must-have for anyone who produces
informational graphics. Gorgeous book, extremely well-written, and much
more interesting than the title would suggest.

Search Amazon for "Tufte": it's the first title listed and worth every
cent of the $34.80.

"The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint" is a small paperback (second on the
above list). He talks about the Columbia powerpoint slides and how they
contributed to the decision to ignore the foam hit, about how
powerpoint lowers information density and decreases information
transfer, and so on. He's not fond of the "autocontent wizard", as you
might guess. It's not the masterpiece that is "The Visual Display...",
but it's worth the $7.00 Amazon is asking.

You might also be interested in the "Gettysburg PowerPoint
Presentation", which is free at


On Oct 4, 2004, at 8:32 AM, Jerry DiMarco wrote:

> At 10:51 PM 10/3/2004, you wrote:
>> ... 2) Use the extra illumination to read "The Cognitive Style of
>> PowerPoint", by Edward Tufte.
> What is the gist of this book?
> Jerry
Dr. Eric Ayars
Assistant Professor of Physics
California State University, Chico
From Mon Oct 4 13:57:39 2004