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The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation

More than Pretty Pictures, 1st Edition

Edited by Lotte Philipsen, Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard


150 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


Lotte Philipsen and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

1. Visualizing the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae

Ditte Høyer Engholm, David Goodsell, Mogens Kilian, Ebbe Sloth Andersen, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

2. Diagrammatic and iconic imagery in science

Frederik Stjernfelt

3. Scientific data visualization: Aesthetic for diagrammatic clarity

Martin Krzywinski

4. Plant(ing) aesthetics between science and art

Lotte Philipsen

5. Visualizing the invisible universe

Steen Hannestad

6. The epistemics of data representation: How to transform data into knowledge

Nina Samuel

7. Sonification and audification as means of representing

Morten Søndergaard and Anette Vandsø

8. Scientific storytelling: Visualizing for public audiences

Djuke Veldhuis

9. Communicating science – aesthetic choices in publishing

Kelly Krause

10. Ideas in Action: Using Animation to Cut through Complexity

Janet Rafner and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

11. Making sense, nonsense, and no-sense when representing audio-visual collections

Theis Vallø Madsen

12. "Facts" – and representational acts

Morten Kyndrup

About the Editors

Lotte Philipsen is an Associate Professor with the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University in Denmark and former Fellow with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark.

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard is executive director of Science Club, Denmark, CEO of Graphicure, and former Fellow with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Digital
SCIENCE / General
SCIENCE / Study & Teaching
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies