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Library Exhibit: Scientific Illustration

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A new exhibit, Scientific Illustration: The Art of Looking, is on view through the Fall semester in the Science & Engineering Information Center, located on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.

The exhibit follows the scientist’s gaze by looking not only at what early scientists looked at, but how they visually recorded what they saw, often creating arresting works of art in the process and providing insights into the way they thought.

As Brian J. Ford in his book, Images of Science: A History of Scientific Illustration notes, the purpose of scientific illustration is to describe and document as well as instruct, but it also serves to record the state of human understanding.

(Image: Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope).

 

 

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