### Session A5: Art and Physics

8:30 AM–10:18 AM, Saturday, February 13, 2010
Room: Thurgood Marshall West

Sponsoring Units: FPS AAPT
Chair: Charles Ferguson, Council on Foreign Relations

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.APR.A5.2

### Abstract: A5.00002 : More Than Pretty Pictures: How Translating Science Concepts into Pictures Advances Scientific Thinking

9:06 AM–9:42 AM

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#### Author:

Felice Frankel
(Harvard University)

The judgment and decision-making required to render science visual clarifies thinking. One must decide on a hierarchy of information--what must be included and what might be left out? What is the main point of the visual? Just as in writing an article or responding to an essay question, we must understand and then plan what we want to say'' in a drawing or other forms of representation. And since a visual representation of a scientific concept (or data) is a \textit{re-presentation}, and not the thing itself, interpretation or translation is involved. The process tends to transcend barriers of linguistic facility and educational background; it attracts and communicates students and teachers of all backgrounds, where other methods intimidate. The rendered images are, in essence More Than Pretty Pictures.

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