Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning (Paperback)
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Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning (Paperback)

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John Dalton's molecular structures. Scatter plots and geometric diagrams. Watson and Crick's double helix. The way in which scientists understand the world - and the key concepts that explain it - is undeniably bound up in not only words, but images. Moreover, from PowerPoint presentations to articles in academic journals, scientific communication routinely relies on the relationship between words and pictures. In Science from Sight to Insight, Alan G. Gross and Joseph E. Harmon present a short history of the scientific visual, and then formulate a theory about the interaction between the visual and textual. With great insight and admirable rigor, the authors argue that scientific meaning itself comes from the complex interplay between the verbal and the visual in the form of graphs, diagrams, maps, drawings, and photographs. The authors use a variety of tools to probe the nature of scientific images, from Heidegger's philosophy of science to Peirce's semiotics of visual communication. Their synthesis of these elements offers readers an examination of scientific visuals at a much deeper and more meaningful level than ever before.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226068480
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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""Science from Sight to Insight" addresses a question identified by scholars across the science studies spectrum: What role do visuals play in the formation and communication of scientific arguments? Gross and Harmon address this question with a theory of visualization in science rooted in philosophy, psychology, and semiotics, and they illustrate their theory in a fascinating sampling of cases that display their command of the history of science communication and of close reading practices. The book is a major contribution on a critically important subject."
--Jeanne Fahnestock "University of Maryland "
"Science from Sight to Insight" addresses a question identified by scholars across the science studies spectrum: What role do visuals play in the formation and communication of scientific arguments? Gross and Harmon address this question with a theory of visualization in science rooted in philosophy, psychology, and semiotics, and they illustrate their theory in a fascinating sampling of cases that display their command of the history of science communication and of close reading practices. The book is a major contribution on a critically important subject.
--Jeanne Fahnestock "University of Maryland ""
"Science from Sight to Insight addresses a question identified by scholars across the science studies spectrum: What role do visuals play in the formation and communication of scientific arguments? Gross and Harmon address this question with a theory of visualization in science rooted in philosophy, psychology, and semiotics, and they illustrate their theory in a fascinating sampling of cases that display their command of the history of science communication and of close reading practices. The book is a major contribution on a critically important subject."

--Jeanne Fahnestock "University of Maryland "


"Although I knew that Science from Sight to Insight would be about visuals in scientific communication, I was surprised at the depth of the research and philosophy behind the complex foundation of this book. . . . Professionals who are actively involved in scientific visualization studies will appreciate the vast and deep examination of applicable literature that gives Gross and Harmon the basis for their own argument. . . . Highly relevant to graduate students studying scientific and technical communication. . . . Meticulously researched and explained."--Diane Martinez, Western Carolina University "Technical Communication "
"The soon-to-be-classic book on the topic. . . . Groundbreaking. . . . Sight to Insight has a tightly charted framework. . . . Gross and Harmon go a very long way toward enriching and anchoring a potent visual rhetoric of science."--Randy Allen Harris, University of Waterloo, Ontario "POROI: Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry "

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