Yogi Berra, in his unique grasp of the obvious, once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.” If you want to see - as in a spark of comprehension that evokes the statement “Aha, I see” - there is no better way than using your eyes. In recent years, a field of research and development has emerged to explore and exploit this fact, called information visualization. The timing is right - we now have huge storehouses of information rotting away because we don’t know how to make sense of them. Perhaps Edna St. Vincent Millay didn’t have the current state of the so-called information age in mind when she wrote this poem, but it nonetheless describes our situation today beautifully:

 

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