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

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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, ...
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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
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Visual Lessons and the Life Sciences – Nancy Anderson and Michael R. Dietrich
Trained Judgment, Intervention, and the Biological Gaze: How Charles Sedgwick Minot Saw Senescence – Mara Mills
Facing Animals in the Laboratory: Lessons of Nineteenth-Century Medical School Microscopy Manuals – Nancy Anderson
Photography and Medical Observation – Scott Curtis
Cinematography without Film: Architectures and Technologies of Visual Instruction in Biology around 1900 – Henning Schmidgen
Cinema as Universal Language of Health Education: Translating Science in Unhooking the Hookworm (1920) – Kirsten Ostherr
Screening Science: Pedagogy and Practice in William Dieterle’s Film Biographies of Scientists – T. Hugh Crawford
Optical Constancy, Discontinuity, and Nondiscontinuity in the Eameses’ Rough Sketch – Michael J. Golec
Educating the High-Speed Eye: Harold E. Edgerton’s Early Visual Conventions – Richard L. Kremer
On Fate and Specification: Images and Models of Developmental Biology – Sabine Brauckmann
Form and Function: A Semiotic Analysis of Figures in Biology Textbooks – Laura Perini
Neuroimages, Pedagogy, and Society – Adina L. Roskies
The Anatomy of a Surgical Simulation: The Mutual Articulation of Bodies in and through the Machine – Rachel Prentice
Contributors
Index
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