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The Educated Eye

Visual Culture and Pedagogy in the Life Sciences

The creation and processing of visual representations in the life sciences is a critical but often overlooked aspect of scientific pedagogy. The Educated Eye follows the nineteenth-century embrace of the visible in new spectatoria, or demonstration halls, through the twentieth-century cinematic explorations of microscopic realms and simulations of surgery in virtual reality. With essays on Doc Edgerton’s stroboscopic techniques that froze time and Eames’s visualization of scale in Powers of Ten, among others, contributors ask how we are taught to see the unseen.

328 pages | 6 x 9

Biological Sciences: Natural History

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Table of Contents

Preface • Introduction: Visual Lessons and the Life Sciences – Nancy Anderson and Michael R. Dietrich • Trained Judgment, Intervention, and the Biological Gaze: How Charles Sedgwick Minot Saw Senescence – Mara Mills • Facing Animals in the Laboratory: Lessons of Nineteenth-Century Medical School Microscopy Manuals – Nancy Anderson • Photography and Medical Observation – Scott Curtis • Cinematography without Film: Architectures and Technologies of Visual Instruction in Biology around 1900 – Henning Schmidgen • Cinema as Universal Language of Health Education: Translating Science in Unhooking the Hookworm (1920) – Kirsten Ostherr • Screening Science: Pedagogy and Practice in William Dieterle’s Film Biographies of Scientists – T. Hugh Crawford • Optical Constancy, Discontinuity, and Nondiscontinuity in the Eameses’ Rough Sketch – Michael J. Golec • Educating the High-Speed Eye: Harold E. Edgerton’s Early Visual Conventions – Richard L. Kremer • On Fate and Specification: Images and Models of Developmental Biology – Sabine Brauckmann • Form and Function: A Semiotic Analysis of Figures in Biology Textbooks – Laura Perini • Neuroimages, Pedagogy, and Society – Adina L. Roskies • The Anatomy of a Surgical Simulation: The Mutual Articulation of Bodies in and through the Machine – Rachel Prentice • Contributors • Index

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