Although nowadays statistical graphics might seem intuitive and indispensable, they are only a relatively new invention. I examine how statistical graphs were used in the Netherlands between 1850-1900. Who introduced the so-called "Graphical Method" and in which fields do we first find statistical visualisation? How did graphical representations change data analysis and presentation practices? Above all, I hope to learn how this specific visual-statistical literacy spread through Dutch society and how working with graphics had become commonplace by 1900.

I am an editor for the history of science blog Shells & Pebbles.

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