2 December 2010
MAREY, Etienne-Jules (1830-1904). Du mouvement dans les fonctions de la vie. Lecons faites au Collége de France. Paris: E. Martinet for Baillière, 1868.
8o (212 x 132 mm). Half title, 114 figures in text, some full pages. Contemporary quarter morocco, marbled boards, spine gilt (some rubbing, some light wear at spine ends). Provenance: Washington University, Medical School (bookplate, and stamp on title).
FIRST EDITION. Marey was the founder of the "Methode Graphique" and this work discusses the diverse applications of recording devices in biology and physiology and contains descriptions of apparatuses. "Medical monitoring technologies often produce so much data that sparkline-like graphics are essential to help identify and contextualize clinically relevant events from a torrent of numbers... E.J. Marey, the great French pioneer in creating displays of visual evidence, shows [in his Du mouvement dans les fonctions de la vie] high-resolution physiological data. Depicted are multiple time-traces of empirical measurements..." (Tufte, Beautiful Evidence, p.52).
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