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Visual Representations in Science

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Book Series: History and Philosophy of Technoscience ISBN: 9781138089938 Year: Pages: 372 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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Visual representations (photographs, diagrams, etc.) play crucial roles in scientific processes. They help, for example, to communicate research results and hypotheses to scientific peers as well as to the lay audience. In genuine research activities they are used as evidence or as surrogates for research objects which are otherwise cognitively inaccessible. Despite their important functional roles in scientific practices, philosophers of science have more or less neglected visual representations in their analyses of epistemic methods and tools of reasoning in science. This book is meant to fill this gap. It presents a detailed investigation into central conceptual issues and into the epistemology of visual representations in science.

Chapter 4 The epistemic status of scientific visualisations (Book chapter)

Book title: Visual Representations in Science

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Book Series: History and Philosophy of Technoscience ISBN: 9781138089938 9781315108902 Year: Pages: 126 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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As the considerations in the previous chapter made clear, visual representations
are, without doubt, part of many epistemic processes in contemporary
science. Scientists present diagrams in their publications and talks to communicate
their research results. They investigate computer-generated images
as substitutes for research objects. Drawings in textbooks are used to educate
novices, to introduce them to a new field of knowledge and so on. Moreover,
it was pointed out that in quite a few instances images might also be used
for non-epistemic purposes, for example to gain the attention of a particular
audience

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