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Visualization and the History of Science

Partnerships Series
Joseph E. Harmon (CEPA)
February 27, 2014 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Building 213 (Cafeteria), Dining Room A
Joseph E. Harmon (CEPA) will speak about the role visualization has played in the history of science at a Partnerships Meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Building 213 Cafeteria Private Dining Room. All are welcome to attend this free presentation and bring their lunches.

In no intellectual endeavor other than science has the visual played such an important role for such long a time: Nicolaus Copernicus’s astronomical drawings. Charles Darwin’s tree diagram. Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic tables. Edwin Hubble’s graph of the known galaxies. Richard Feynman’s quantum mechanical diagrams. Francis Crick and James Watson’s double helix. But what exactly is that role? In this talk, Joe Harmon will address that question. The talk will be based on a book he co-wrote with Alan G. Gross, “Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning,” recently published by the University of Chicago Press.

Joseph E. Harmon is a senior editor/writer and is coauthor of “The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour and The Craft of Scientific Communication,” also published by the University of Chicago Press.

If you would like more information about this book and its author, please contact the publicity department of the University of Chicago Press by phone at (773) 702-7740, by fax at (773) 702-9756, or by email at

Partnership Meetings bring speakers from Argonne and affiliated institutions to present talks on a wide range of topics of interest to Argonne scientific and technical staff. These talks are aimed at raising awareness of the variety of R&D programs at the laboratory and opportunities for collaborations that lead to discoveries and innovation.

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