In Chapter 13, we explored the Nobel Prize dataset, looking for interesting stories to tell based on aspects of the data that should engage and educate. We found some interesting nuggets, among them:
Maria Goeppert, the only female physicist other than Marie Curie to win a Physics Nobel
The post-WWII surge of American Nobels, passing the declining tallies of the three biggest European winners, the UK, Germany, and France
The difference in continental prize distributions
The dominance of the Scandinavian countries when prize tallies are adjusted for population size
These and a number of other narratives require particular types of visualization. Comparison of Nobel Prize numbers by nation is probably best achieved by means of a conventional bar chart, whereas geographic prize distributions demand a map. In this chapter we will try to design a modern, interactive visualization that incorporates some of the key stories we discovered while exploring the dataset.