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The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation: More than Pretty Pictures


Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

By: Lotte Philipsen(Editor), Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard(Editor)

150 pages, 23 colour & 19 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Aug 2017 | #238022 | ISBN-13: 9781138679375
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How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? What prompts physicists to blur their images before showing them to biologists? Considering that the astronomer's data consists solely of invisible, electric impulses, what is the difference between representing outer space as images, graphs, or sound? How does a work of contemporary art differ from a scientific image if we cannot visually distinguish between the two? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa? The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation asks critically important questions about scientific data representation and provides significant insights to a field that is interdisciplinary in its very core. The authors investigate scientific data representation through the joint optics of the humanities and natural sciences. The volume particularly appeals to scholars in visual and aesthetic studies, data visualization, scientific illustration, experience culture, information design, and science communication.


      Lotte Philipsen and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard
1. Visualizing the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae
      Ditte Høyer Engholm, David Goodsell, Mogens Kilian, Ebbe Sloth Andersen, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard
2. Diagrammatic and iconic imagery in science
      Frederik Stjernfelt
3. Scientific data visualization: Aesthetic for diagrammatic clarity
      Martin Krzywinski
4. Plant(ing) aesthetics between science and art
      Lotte Philipsen
5. Visualizing the invisible universe
      Steen Hannestad
6. The epistemics of data representation: How to transform data into knowledge
      Nina Samuel
7. Sonification and audification as means of representing
      Morten Søndergaard and Anette Vandsø
8. Scientific storytelling: Visualizing for public audiences
      Djuke Veldhuis
9. Communicating science – aesthetic choices in publishing
      Kelly Krause
10. Ideas in Action: Using Animation to Cut through Complexity
      Janet Rafner and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard
11. Making sense, nonsense, and no-sense when representing audio-visual collections
      Theis Vallø Madsen
12. "Facts" – and representational acts
      Morten Kyndrup

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Lotte Philipsen is an Associate Professor with the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University in Denmark and former Fellow with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark.

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard is executive director of Science Club, Denmark, CEO of Graphicure, and former Fellow with the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.

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