Douglas Adams addresses “What is the Question?”, the mantra of Visualizing Data, my Ph.D. dissertation, and hopefully haunts any visualization student I’ve ever taught:
The answer to the Great Question…?
“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought with infinite majesty and calm.
“Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl, “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years of work?”
“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”
(Found at the FontForge FAQ)