two bad figures conveniently in one paper

May 3, 2006 at 8:24 pm | | crazy figure contest, journal club, literature

In Chemical Physics Journal Club this week, someone presented a pretty good simulation paper about glass transitions in polymer thin films. But this paper had some pretty bad figures. For instance, is this figure really worth it?


I didn’t really find this too revealing. But, later in the paper, there’s an even better figure:


It’s that great? The best part is that they actually offset the curves; really all the distributions are exactly the same. That’s certainly worth conveying in plot form. Congrats Jain and de Pablo, your figures are entered into the worst-figure contest. (Cool paper, though.)

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