By Klaus Hentschel

This e-book bargains a large, comparative survey of a booming box in the heritage of technology: the historical past, new release, use, and serve as of pictures in medical perform. It explores each point of visuality in technology, arguing for the idea that of visible domain names. What makes an outstanding clinical photograph? What cultural luggage is key to it? How are imagery and textual content intertwined?

This publication makes an attempt a synthesis. It delves into the wealthy reservoir of case reviews on visible representations in medical and technological perform that experience accrued during the last couple of many years via historians, sociologists, and philosophers of technology. the most target is therefore positioned at the meta-level. It adopts an integrative view of often famous normal gains of visible cultures in technological know-how and expertise, whatever hitherto unachieved and believed by means of many to be a challenge impossible.

By systematic comparability of diverse case reviews, the purview broadens clear of myopic microanalysis looking for overriding styles. the various assorted disciplines and examine parts concerned surround arithmetic, know-how, usual background, drugs, the geosciences, astronomy, chemistry, and physics. the selected examples span the interval from the Renaissance to the past due twentieth century. The huge variety of visible representations in clinical perform is taken care of, in addition to education in development popularity, layout and implementation of visible units, and a narrowing in at the designated function of illustrators and photo specialists.

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