Careful Icarus. I was reading another “deckie” on this very site who said weight = mass.
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Well, that flight was a short one. Turns out "Captain Sankey:
was an Irish-born engineer and captain in the Royal Engineers,
Here’s my source - Electrify by Saul Griffith
That snip of Napoleon’s losses for the invasion of Russia is a well known exemplar of quality data graphic design. See Edward R Tufte’s books. Some time ago I was trying to reimagine what a good work package might look like which led me to Tufte. There are amazing examples of good design that are so old it makes you wonder how we ended up with “chart junk” and death by power point efforts.
From a site listed in the book, this could be the mother of all Sankey diagrams, at least for energy:
Ah ha, now I see everything. By time you get to the end weight is no longer a force and has become mass. Because you know it doesn’t matter.
You Sir, say “Ah ha”. I say to you: “Ha ha” on your clever word-play.
An old story isn’t it? Microsoft with it’s DOS vs Steve Jobs with his Calligraphy class? Or story behind the rewrite of The Design of Every Day Things.?
There’s a wonderful parable about this in the form of Donald Norman’s two classic engineering/design books, “The Design of Everyday Things” (1988) and “Emotional Design” (2003). In the former, Norman established a decades-long engineering ethic of subordinating form to function on the grounds that end-users deserve to have things that work as well as possible, even if that comes at the expense of aesthetics. It’s a hymn to practicality.
But in the second, after a quarter-century of watching his ideas conquer design/engineering, Norman does an absolute volte-face .