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Science in Color

Visualizing Achromatic Knowlegde

Edited by: Bettina Bock von Wülfingen
Color makes its way into natural science images as early as the research process. It serves for self-reflection and for communication within the scientific community. However, color does not follow a standard in the natural sciences: its meaning is contingent, even though culturally conditioned. Digital publishing enhances the use of color in scientific publications; at the same time, globalization promotes the idea of universal color symbolism.

This book investigates the function of color in historical and current visualizations for scientific purposes, its epistemic role as a tool, and its long neglect due to symbolic and gender-specific connotations. The publication thus closes a research gap in the natural sciences and the humanities.

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Bettina Bock von Wülfingen, Humboldt University, Berlin.


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Audience: Historians of science, art and cultural scholars, natural scientists