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The Educated Eye: Visual Culture and Pedagogy in the Life Sciences
     

The Educated Eye: Visual Culture and Pedagogy in the Life Sciences

by Nancy Anderson (Editor), Michael R. Dietrich (Editor)
 

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The creation and processing of visual representations in the life sciences is a critical but often overlooked aspect of scientific pedagogy. The Educated Eye follows the nineteenth-century embrace of the visible in new spectatoria, or demonstration halls, through the twentieth-century cinematic explorations of microscopic realms and simulations of surgery in virtual

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The creation and processing of visual representations in the life sciences is a critical but often overlooked aspect of scientific pedagogy. The Educated Eye follows the nineteenth-century embrace of the visible in new spectatoria, or demonstration halls, through the twentieth-century cinematic explorations of microscopic realms and simulations of surgery in virtual reality. With essays on Doc Edgerton’s stroboscopic techniques that froze time and Eames’s visualization of scale in Powers of Ten, among others, contributors ask how we are taught to see the unseen.

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"The individual essays are scholarly, insightful and well written."—The British Journal for the History of Science

“The detailed case studies offer insights into a wide range of practices of visualization in the life sciences. Crucially, the essays highlight that scientific seeing cannot be considered in isolation from the use of other senses, in particular tactile engagement with objects under scrutiny. The contributors show that image making is an act of labor and that the “educated eye” requires a skillful hand. The collection thus provides a diverse set of case studies and valuable interdisciplinary takes on recent and contemporary visualization that may appeal to historians of modern medicine and science who are interested in the role of images, in pedagogy, in the formation of professional identities, and in the relationship between science and the public.”—Isis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611680447
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,272,568
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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NANCY ANDERSON is an assistant professor of visual studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo. MICHAEL R. DIETRICH is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College.

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