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ISBN 9780367878696
September 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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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

 

Introduction



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

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Biography

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.