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Felice Frankel: More Than Pretty Pictures

Wann 23.04.2012
von 16:00 bis 17:00
Wo FRIAS Seminar room, Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg
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Felice Frankel
Science photographer at MIT

More Than Pretty Pictures
Graphics, images and figures — visual representations of scientific data and concepts — are critical components of science and engineering research. They communicate in ways that words cannot. They can clarify or strengthen an argument and spur interest into the research process It is important to remember that a visual representation of a scientific concept (or data) is a re-presentation, and not the thing itself – – some interpretation or translation is always involved. There are many parallels between creating a graphic and writing an article. First, you must carefully plan what to “say,” and in what order you will “say it.” Then you must make judgments to determine a hierarchy of information — what must be included and what could be left out? The process of making a visual representation requires you to clarify your thinking and improve your ability to communicate with others. Furthermore, the process of making an effective graphic often leads to new insights into your work; when you make decisions about how to depict your data and underlying concepts, you must often clarify your basic assumptions. This talk will include examples of successful and not-so-successful representations taken from the science and engineering literature. I will also include those that I have made and discuss the process of getting from "here" to "there."