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Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
     

Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens

by Darryl Wheye, Donald Kennedy, Paul R. Ehrlich
 

ISBN-10: 0300158629

ISBN-13: 9780300158625

Pub. Date: 11/24/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book invites readers to enter a two-floor virtual “gallery” where 60-plus images of birds reflecting the accomplishments of human pictorial history are on display. These are works in a genre the authors term Science Art—that is, art that says something about the natural world and how it works. Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy show how

Overview

This book invites readers to enter a two-floor virtual “gallery” where 60-plus images of birds reflecting the accomplishments of human pictorial history are on display. These are works in a genre the authors term Science Art—that is, art that says something about the natural world and how it works. Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy show how these works of art can advance our understanding of the ways nature has been perceived over time, its current vulnerability, and our responsibility to preserve its wealth.

Each room in the gallery is dedicated to a single topic. The rooms on the first floor show birds as icons, birds as resources, birds as teaching tools, and more. On the second floor, the images and their captions clarify what Science Art is and how the intertwining of art and science can change the way we look at each. The authors also provide a timeline linking scientific innovations with the production of images of birds, and they offer a checklist of steps to promote the creation and accessibility of Science Art. Readers who tour this unique and fascinating gallery will never look at art depicting nature in the same way again.

Published with assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158625
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword: Art, Science, and Birds   Paul R. Ehrlich     vii
Preface: What Is Science Art?     xiii
Introduction: A Gallery of Science Art     xv
Gallery Guide     xxi
Lower Gallery: Bird Art over the Millennia     1
Birds as Icons     5
Birds as Resources for Human Use     16
Birds as Teaching Tools     29
Birds as a Means of Understanding Biology     40
Birds as a Means of Promoting Conservation     52
Mezzanine: Thinking about Aesthetics, the Oldest Bird Paintings, and Painting Nature     64
Upper Gallery: How Science and Art Overlap     69
Science Art as Its Own Category     72
Content, Style, and Medium     95
The Importance of Captions     118
From Real Public Venues to Virtual Ones     125
Science Art, Birds, and Perceptions of Nature     131
Timeline Linking Art, Technology, and the Study of Birds     143
A Science Art Checklist for Practitioners     167
Notes     171
Selected Bibliography     185
Acknowledgments     189
Illustration Credits     191
Index     193

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