The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


What Does Visual Evidence Mean?

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Wolfgang Coy (Berlin) / Sabine Helmers (Berlin)

ABSTRACT: In many sciences visuals are regarded as rather unimportant, illustrative elements. In Mathematics and in the Natural and Technological Sciences, however, pictures always serve an essential, argumentative function. Indeed, this function together with modern processes of creating pictures or models has even been developed to the point where one already speaks occasionally of a Science of Imaging.

On the periphery, however, the suspicion of manipulation or even of falsification is always lurking. The logical and semiotic content of technical pictures is therefore in need of clarification. Does a picture really explain "as much as a thousand words"? How are technical pictures used in scientific argumentation? What does pictorial evidence mean? And:
Did Stanley Kubrick film Peterchen's trip to the moon?