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Populäre Wissenschaft: Metamorphosen des Wissens im Medium Film


Tanner, Jakob (2009). Populäre Wissenschaft: Metamorphosen des Wissens im Medium Film. Gesnerus: Swiss Journal of the History of Medicine and Sciences, 66(1):15-39.

Abstract

Far from being merely a medium of simplification and conveyance of scientific facts, motion pictures exhibit an important epistemic function. On the one hand, the medium film is itself a product of research in various fields, on
the other hand, it retroacts on perception and problem-solving in science, thereby influencing and changing research practices. The paper aims at describing
these reciprocal effects and synergies by discussing two examples:

first by the film “The principles of Einstein’s theory of relativity”, first released in Germany in 1922, second by the film “Mathematical image of the struggle for life”, produced in 1937 for the inauguration of the “Palace of discoveries” in Paris, demonstrating the latest developments in evolutionary theory. It becomes evident that picture media have the capacity to transform
the symbolic dimension of things and bodies, thereby offering new access to reality, which not only fascinated the spectators, but also inspired scientific research.

Far from being merely a medium of simplification and conveyance of scientific facts, motion pictures exhibit an important epistemic function. On the one hand, the medium film is itself a product of research in various fields, on
the other hand, it retroacts on perception and problem-solving in science, thereby influencing and changing research practices. The paper aims at describing
these reciprocal effects and synergies by discussing two examples:

first by the film “The principles of Einstein’s theory of relativity”, first released in Germany in 1922, second by the film “Mathematical image of the struggle for life”, produced in 1937 for the inauguration of the “Palace of discoveries” in Paris, demonstrating the latest developments in evolutionary theory. It becomes evident that picture media have the capacity to transform
the symbolic dimension of things and bodies, thereby offering new access to reality, which not only fascinated the spectators, but also inspired scientific research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:German
Date:2009
Deposited On:11 Feb 2010 14:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:50
Publisher:Schwabe / Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin und der Naturwissenschaften SGGMN
ISSN:0016-9161
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Official URL:http://www.gesnerus.ch/fileadmin/media/pdf/2009_1-2/015-039_Tanner.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.gesnerus.ch/index.php?id=3&L=%271 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-29103

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