Scientific Visualization across Disciplines: A Critical Introduction

Mercator and other map projections.

Different two-dimensional projections of the globe affect the way we view the world. (Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)


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Spring 2005



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This subject exposes students to a variety of visualization techniques so that they learn to understand the work involved in producing them and to critically assess the power and limits of each. Students concentrate on areas where visualizations are crucial for meaning making and data production. Drawing on scholarship in science and technology studies on visualization, critical art theory, and core discussions in science and engineering, students work through a series of case studies in order to become better readers and producers of visualizations.

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Joseph Dumit. STS.067 Scientific Visualization across Disciplines: A Critical Introduction. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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