Picturing Knowledge

Picturing Knowledge

Historical and Philosophical Problems Concerning the Use of Art in Science

eBook - 1996
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The traditional concept of scientific knowledge places a premium on thinking, not visualizing. Scientific illustrations are still generally regarded as devices that serve as heuristic aids when reasoning breaks down. When scientific illustration is not used in this disparaging sense as a linguistic aid, it is most often employed as a metaphor with no special visual content. What distinguishes pictorial devices as resources for doing science, and the special problems that are raised by the mere presence of visual elements in scientific treatises, tends to be overlooked. The contributors to this volume examine the historical and philosophical issues concerning the role that scientific illustration plays in the creation of scientific knowledge. They regard both text and picture as resources that scientists employ in their practical activities, their value as scientific resources deriving from their ability to convey information.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă1996
ISBN: 9781282045583
128204558X
9781442678477
144267847X
9780802029850
9780802074393
0802074391
080202985X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiv, 389 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Baigrie, Brian Scott

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