Florence Nightingale: The Radial Plotter!

Florence Nightingale famously used a form of radial plot – she called them coxcomb charts – to draw attention to the fact that during the war in Crimea, deaths from disease among British soldiers far outnumbered deaths from wounds sustained in battle. Nightingale called them coxcomb charts, but they are also known as Polar-Area Diagrams… Read More


What is the Size of the British Armed Forces since 1700?

I have always been interested to know how the size of the British armed forces has fluctuated over the years, and the statistics in a FOI request from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) makes interesting reading. FOI – Size of the UK Armed Forces Since 1700. From 1700 to 1900, as you might expect, the… Read More