More Than Pretty Pictures: The Power of Images in Science

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2007 Public Lectures

Felice Frankel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where she heads the Envisioning Science program at Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). She holds a concurrent appointment as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of Envisioning Science, The Design and Craft of the Science Image.

Discussant: Geoffrey West, President and Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Visual communication tends to transcend barriers of linguistic facility and educational background; it attracts and communicates where other methods intimidate. However, while visual representations now appear widely in science and engineering and are having a profound impact on how we talk to each other, many attempts to visually communicate science are confusing rather than clarifying. Just as writing a science article encourages one to create an order of comprehension, so it is with the visual expression of scientific concepts. By exploring the process of making images all sorts, this talk will encourage scientists and introduce the non-scientist to the power of visually thinking and expressing science.

Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm

James A. Little Theater

New Mexico School for the Deaf

1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe