We might be in an age of big data, but people have been trying to convey large numbers for a long time. John F. Ptak takes a quick look through the archives for the size of big things compared to ships. “These units of measurement do seem a little odd, but they really have a capacity to humanize inescapably difficult numbers by putting them in context with a known entity, like Trinity Church.”
Measuring things with ships
How You Will Die
So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.
Life expectancy changes
The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.
Famous Movie Quotes as Charts
In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute …