The introduction to this proceedings volume surveys the recent literature on nonverbal representation in science. After addressing the question 'Why study visual representations historically?' which leads to the roots of the current interest in this topic, it discusses 'thinking and convincing with eyes and hands', visual cultures, the contribution of the print experts, issues of periodization and, finally, lists desiderata for further research.
Klaus Hentschel: Drawing, engraving, photographing, plotting, printing: Historical studies of visual representations, particularly in astronomy. In: Klaus Hentschel, Axel D. Wittmann (Eds.): The Role of Visual Representations in Astronomy: History and Research Practice (Acta Historica Astronomiae ; 9). Thun ; Frankfurt am Main : Deutsch, 2000, p. 11-43.
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