[OS X TeX] NASA, Word, TeX and PowerPoint

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 17:10:35 CET 2009

On Feb 4, 2009, at 10:00 AM, Rene Borgella wrote:

> Hi All:
> I was catching up on the list and read the threads about  
> Macintouch's report about NASA's use of Word vs. TeX.  It reminded  
> me of Edward Tufte's book, "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint".   
> Are you folks familiar with it?  It's very interesting!  In the  
> essay, Tufte documents how NASA engineers use of PowerPoint  
> impacted their ability to effectively communicate critical safety  
> and engineering information and, unfortunately, was partly to blame  
> for the Shuttle Challenger's tragic accident.  If you are not  
> familiar with Tufte's work, a visit to his website is probably  
> worth it.  Although he's not a TeX user, as far as I know, his  
> ideas about how to present information are worthy of your time.
> Here are some relevant links
> <http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg? 
> msg_id=0001yB&topic_id=1&topic=Ask+E%2eT%2e>
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster>
> <http:http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg? 
> msg_id=0001yB&topic_id=1&topic=Ask+E%2eT%2e//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 
> Edward_Tufte>

Thanks to this highly OT post, I just spent half an hour off the  
magnum opus reading Tuft's (of "Napoleon's March to Moscow … and back  
… for the few" memory) essay.  :-)))

But did the sales of PP even dip in the slightest?

Grateful regards

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