The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation: More than Pretty Pictures

1st Edition

Lotte Philipsen, Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

Routledge
Published September 5, 2017
Reference - 150 Pages - 42 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138679375 - CAT# Y231940
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

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Summary

How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? What prompts physicists to blur their images before showing them to biologists? Considering that the astronomer’s data consists solely of invisible, electric impulses, what is the difference between representing outer space as images, graphs, or sound? How does a work of contemporary art differ from a scientific image if we cannot visually distinguish between the two? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa? This volume asks critically important questions about scientific data representation and provides significant insights to a field that is interdisciplinary in its very core. The authors investigate scientific data representation through the joint optics of the humanities and natural sciences. The volume particularly appeals to scholars in visual and aesthetic studies, data visualization, scientific illustration, experience culture, information design, and science communication.

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