Science Images and Popular Images of the Sciences

1st Edition

Peter Weingart, Bernd Huppauf

Routledge
Published June 20, 2012
Reference - 346 Pages - 55 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415512404 - CAT# Y134464
Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

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Summary

What is a popular image of science and where does it come from? Little is known about the formation of science images and their transformation into popular images of science. In this anthology, contributions from two areas of expertise: image theory and history and the sociology of the sciences, explore techniques of constructing science images and transforming them into highly ambivalent images that represent the sciences. The essays, most of them with illustrations, present evidence that popular images of the sciences are based upon abstract theories rather than facts, and, equally, images of scientists are stimulated by imagination rather than historical knowledge.

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