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A fresh approach to visualization practices in the sciences that considers novel forms of imaging technology and draws on recent theoretical perspectives on representation.
Representation in Scientific Practice, published by the MIT Press in 1990, helped coalesce a long-standing interest in scientific visualization among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and remains a touchstone for current investigations in science and technology studies. This volume revisits the topic, taking into account both the changing conceptual landscape of STS and the emergence of new imaging technologies in scientific practice. It offers cutting-edge research on a broad array of fields that study information as well as short reflections on the evolution of the field by leading scholars, including some of the contributors to the 1990 volume.
The essays consider the ways in which viewing experiences are crafted in the digital era; the embodied nature of work with digital technologies; the constitutive role of materials and technologies from chalkboards to brain scans in the production of new scientific knowledge; the metaphors and images mobilized by communities of practice; and the status and significance of scientific imagery in professional and popular culture.
ContributorsMorana Alač, Michael Barany, Anne Beaulieu, Annamaria Carusi, Catelijne Coopmans, Lorraine Daston, Sarah de Rijcke, Joseph Dumit, Emma Frow, Yann Giraud, Aud Sissel Hoel, Martin Kemp, Bruno Latour, John Law, Michael Lynch, Donald MacKenzie, Cyrus Mody, Natasha Myers, Rachel Prentice, Arie Rip, Martin Ruivenkamp, Lucy Suchman, Janet Vertesi, Steve Woolgar
About the Author
Catelijne Coopmans is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Tembusu College and a Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.
Table of Contents
Preface Michael Lynch Steve Woolgar vii
1 Introduction: Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited Catelijne Coopmans Janet Vertesi Michael Lynch Steve Woolgar 1
2 Drawing as: Distinctions and Disambiguation in Digital Images of Mars Janet Vertesi 15
3 Visual Analytics as Artful Revelation Catelijne Coopmans 37
4 Digital Scientific Visuals as Fields for Interaction Morana Alac 61
5 Swimming in the Joint Rachel Prentice 89
6 Chalk: Materials and Concepts in Mathematics Research Michael J. Barany Donald MacKenzie 107
7 Networked Neuroscience: Brain Scans and Visual Knowing at the Intersection of Atlases and Databases Sarah de Rijcke Anne Beaulieu 131
8 Rendering Machinic Life Natasha Myers 153
9 Nanoimages as Hybrid Monsters Martin Ruivenkamp Arie Rip 177
10 Toward a New Ontology of Scientific Vision Annamaria Carusi Aud Sissel Hoel 201
11 Essential Tensions and Representational Strategies Cyrus C. M. Mody 223
12 In Images We Trust? Representation and Objectivity in the Digital Age Emma K. Frow 249
13 Legitimizing Napkin Drawing: The Curious Dispersion of Laffer Curves, 1978-2008 Yann Giraud 269
14 How (Not) to Do Things with Brain Images Joseph Dumit 291
15 Preface Steve Woolgar 317
16 Beyond Representation Lorraine Daston 319
17 Representation in Formation Michael Lynch 323
18 Struggles with Representation: Could It Be Otherwise? Steve Woolgar 329
19 Reconfiguring Practices Lucy Suchman 333
20 Indistinct Perception John Law 337
21 A Question of Trust: Old Issues and New Technologies Martin Kemp 343
22 The More Manipulations, the Better Bruno Latour 347