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1st Edition

Science Images and Popular Images of the Sciences

ISBN 9780415512404
Published June 20, 2012 by Routledge
346 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Bernd Hüppauf and Peter Weingart:
Images in and of Science

2. Sybilla Nikolow and Lars Bluma:
Science Images Between Scientific Fields and the Public Sphere -
A Historiographical Survey

3. W.J.T. Mitchell:
Image Science

4. Joachim Schummer and Tami I. Spector:
Popular Images versus Self-Images of Science: Visual Representations
of Science in Clipart Cartoons and Internet Photographs  

5. Bernd Hüppauf:
The Frog’s Two Bodies - The Frog in Science Images

6. Colin Milburn:
Science from Hell: Jack the Ripper and Victorian Vivisection

7. Charlotte Bigg:
The Scientist as Personality. Elaborating a Science of Intimacy
in the Nadar/Chevreul Interview (1886)

8. Dieter Mersch:

Visual Arguments. The Role of Images in Sciences and Mathematics

9. Lisa Cartwright and Morana Alac:
Imagination, Multimodality and Embodied Interaction:
A Discussion of Sound and Movement in Two Cases
of Laboratory and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging

10. Gabriele Leidloff and Wolf Singer:
Neuroscience and Contemporary Art - An Interview

11. Eva Flicker:

Women Scientists in Mainstream Film: Social Role Models.
A Contribution to the Public Understanding of Science from the
Perspective of Film Sociology

12. Petra Pansegrau:
Stereotypes and Images of Scientists in Fiction Films

13. Peter Weingart:
The Ambivalence Towards New Knowledge - Science in Fiction Film

14. Lutz Koepnick:
Unforgettable? Science, Prosthetic Memory, Film

15. Bruce Clarke:
The Self-Referential Scientist: Narrative, Media, and Metamorphosis
in Cronenberg’s The Fly


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Peter Weingart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Bernd Huppauf is a Professor at New York University