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As a datum speaketh Sep 2nd 2013, 17:16 by K.N.C., P.B. AND P.K.
Notable infographics from The Economist’s archive
EXACTLY 170 years ago today issue No. 1 of The Economist appeared. Data were at the heart of the 16-page publication, part of the nascent fad of applying quantification and basic statistics to understand the political economy and much else. The front page was replete with a table of figures—called an “annexed tabular history”. And so it went for decades: the paper was stuffed with numbers. But there was a bias against infographics, as if visually representing data were for dilettantes. This is especially odd considering that the time-series, line graph and pie chart were created around 1800 and by mid-century used by everyone from the British Army to the Guardian newspaper to make sense of that era’s big data. Only in the 1930s did this newspaper begin to embrace charts as a way to present information—and then, only cautiously. What follows is a slideshow of infographics from past issues dating back to the first.