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. But it is important to remember that a visual representation of a scientific concept documentation is a re-presentation and not the thing itself –– some interpretation or translation is always involved. Just as writing a journal article, one must carefully plan what to «say,» and in what order to «say it.» The process of making a visual representation requires you to clarify your thinking and improve your ability to communicate with others.

In this talk about her book, Picturing Science and Engineering, Felice Frankel will show her own approaches to creating depictions of research and science phenomena—the successes and failures. Included will be a discussion about how far can we go when “enhancing” science images.

Picturing Science and Engineering

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