Workshop: Visual Representation in Science

Visual Representation in Science

December 10, 2010, Victoria College Rm. 304, 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the IHPST at the University of Toronto.  As Norton Wise wrote “much of the history of science could be written in terms of making new things visible—or familiar things visible in a new way.” Despite this, the vast majority of science studies concentrate on the textual. Visual scientific representations offer a focus for multidisciplinary conversations about visual cultures, the boundaries of art and science, the epistemology of pictures, and how scientific representations change across time, media, and space. The workshop will explore the role of scientific visual representation from a range of disciplinary perspectives; presenters represent anthropology, art history, history, and philosophy. Each talk will be addressed to non-specialists. The workshop will introduce participants to a diverse selection of ongoing work on this theme in Toronto. It will exhibit the breadth (and the limits) of visual representation as a thematic focus for studies of science.

The speakers and titles of papers are:

  • Brian Baigrie, “Picturability in Scientific Practice: Philosophical Perspectives.”
  • Bernard Lightman, “Modelling the Planet: James Wyld’s Great Globe.”
  • Natasha Myers, “Excitable Tissues and Elastic Temporalities: Visualizing Life through Time-lapse Media.”
  • Alison Syme, “Scientific Images and the History of Taste.”
  • Aaron Wright, “Visual Reasoning and the ‘Renaissance’ of General Relativity.”

Visual Representation in Science Poster (PDF)

All are welcome, but please r.s.v.p. to aaron.wright@utoronto.ca to aid planning, and to inform of any special accommodations you may require. Victoria College is building “VC,” near Museum Station, on this map: http://www.osm.utoronto.ca/map/

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