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Visual Cultures of Science
Rethinking Representational Practices in Knowledge Building and Science Communication
Luc Pauwels, ed.

Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

2005 • 328 pp. 96 illus. 6 x 9"
Science-General / Visual Culture

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-58465-512-1
$80.00 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-511-4

(Hardcover is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

“This volume is an exemplary manifestation of ‘visual literacy’ and testifies to the empirical as well as the epistemological richness of this field of research in the history of science.”—Isis

A new collection explores the complex role of visual representation in science.

Issues of representation affect every aspect of scientific activity, from the encoding, display, analysis, and presentation of data to the communication of scientific concepts and information to students and the general public. The essays in this collection explore the issues involved in the creation and deployment of visual representations in both the natural and the social sciences.

Visual Cultures of Science offers a mix of theoretical analyses and revealing case studies. The latter address such topics as the technologies of visualization (from X-ray machines to films made by anthropologists), the persuasive power of the graphic presentation of data (including a critique of the work of Edward Tufte), and the distillation of data into pedagogical representations such as scientific wall charts for classroom use. With its useful mix of theory and case study, the book addresses both abstract and practical issues of representation, as well as demonstrating the importance of recognizing historicized perspectives in addressing issues of representation.

These essays, by many of the field’s leading minds today, offer solid research and new information pertaining to the methods, purposes, and implications of scientific visual culture.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Education professionals or graduate students who are interested in visual representation in the pedagogy and general understanding of natural and social sciences would most benefit from reading this book.”—Choice

Visual Cultures of Science is a fine volume that brings together some first-rate essays about an increasingly important topic. The individual contributions build upon and extend investigations of visualization and visible evidence in science. The range of contributions is broad and stimulating, and Pauwels has done a great job in framing the volume as a whole. As a result, this book is full of insights for scholars who want to ‘study’ science and for those who ‘do’ science and want to do it better.” —Jon Wagner, School of Education, University of California-Davis

“This a unique contribution to the literature on scientific practice and the logic of scientific inquiry . . . The contributing authors to this collection, and the editor, Luc Pauwels, have done a excellent job of exploring the multiplicity of ways in which visual representations ‘reveal’ aspects of nature, society and culture and thus help resolve questions and problems that are at the heart of the scientific process. To an increasing extent the communications or transference of knowledge that are inherent in this process are reliant on visual representations that now are squarely the subject of methodological and theoretical self-conscious and reflective critical inquiry thanks largely to this fine volume.”—Dr. Charles S. Suchar, Associate Dean, DePaul University

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LUC PAUWELS is Associate Professor of Communication Science at the Univer-sity of Antwerp. His previous publications include De Verbeelde Samenleving (Ima-ging Society) and articles in Visual Studies, Visual Sociology, and Journal of Visual Literacy.

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:00 -0500