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Now that ‘3-D models’ are so often digital displays on flat screens, it is timely to look back at the solid models that were once the third dimension of science. This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas, and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. These remarkable artefacts were fixtures of laboratories and lecture halls, studios and workshops, dockyards and museums. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as in teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge. Accessible and original chapters by leading scholars highlight the special properties of models, explore the interplay between representation in two dimensions and three, and investigate the shift to modelling with computers. The book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sciences, medicine, and technology, and in collections and museums.

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Museum-based researchers and historian, philosophers, and sociologists of science and medicine explore the three-dimensionality of important groups of models developed in western Europe and the US since the middle 18th century, and explore their roles in making knowledge. Among their topics are plastic anatomies and artificial dissections, monsters at the Crystal Palace, mathematical models, and from model kits to interactive computer graphics. The 16 papers were presented at a November 1998 conference in London.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge.

Synopsis:

“This finely focused theme and the historical specificity of each authors contribution sustain and propel the reader through this rich, provocative collection,”—Science Magazine

“ . . . [T]he wide-ranging chapters suggest intriguing aproaches to the investigation of objects which readers may wish to emulate.”—Rittenhouse: Journal of the Scientific Instrument Enterprise

Synopsis:

Now that ‘3-D models are so often digital displays on flat screens, it is timely to look back at the solid models that were once the third dimension of science. This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas, and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. These remarkable artefacts were fixtures of laboratories and lecture halls, studios and workshops, dockyards and museums. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as in teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge. Accessible and original chapters by leading scholars highlight the special properties of models, explore the interplay between representation in two dimensions and three, and investigate the shift to modelling with computers. The book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sciences, medicine, and technology, and in collections and museums.

About the Author

Soraya de Chadarevian is Senior Research Associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. She is the author, most recently, of Designs for Life: Molecular Biology after World War II (2002). Nick Hopwood is Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. His publications include Embryos in Wax: Models from the Ziegler Studio (2002).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804739726
Editor:
de Chadarevian, Soraya
Editor:
Hopwood, Nick
Editor:
de Chadarevian, Soraya; Hopwood, Nick
Editor:
de Chadarevain, Soraya
Editor:
Hopwood, Nick
Author:
Lenoir, Timothy
Author:
CHADAREVIAN, Soraya de
Author:
de Chadarevain, Soraya
Author:
Hopwood, Nick
Author:
de Chadarevian, Soraya
Author:
Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Communication in science
Subject:
Visual communication
Subject:
Research -- Methodology.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Writing Science
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge.
"Synopsis" by ,
“This finely focused theme and the historical specificity of each authors contribution sustain and propel the reader through this rich, provocative collection,”—Science Magazine

“ . . . [T]he wide-ranging chapters suggest intriguing aproaches to the investigation of objects which readers may wish to emulate.”—Rittenhouse: Journal of the Scientific Instrument Enterprise

"Synopsis" by ,
Now that ‘3-D models are so often digital displays on flat screens, it is timely to look back at the solid models that were once the third dimension of science. This book is about wooden ships and plastic molecules, wax bodies and a perspex economy, monuments in cork and mathematics in plaster, casts of diseases, habitat dioramas, and extinct monsters rebuilt in bricks and mortar. These remarkable artefacts were fixtures of laboratories and lecture halls, studios and workshops, dockyards and museums. Considering such objects together for the first time, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates how, in research as well as in teaching, 3-D models played major roles in making knowledge. Accessible and original chapters by leading scholars highlight the special properties of models, explore the interplay between representation in two dimensions and three, and investigate the shift to modelling with computers. The book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sciences, medicine, and technology, and in collections and museums.

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