Images and Understanding

Images and Understanding : Thoughts about Images: Ideas about Understanding

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How do you paint a picture of infinity? How do you dance about death? How do you draw a diagram explaining entropy? Images and Understanding explores the human problem of moving facts and ideas from one mind to another - the problems of how we see and communicate using images expressed in pictures, diagrams, words, music and dance. For artists as well as scientists discussion of this topic is timely; electronic and computing technology is expanding the means of generating and communicating images, while physiology and psychology are revealing the neural mechanisms of coding, perceiving and understanding them. The book is divided into six sections, each with an explanatory introduction followed by comprehensively illustrated contributions from internationally distinguished figures from fields as diverse as art history, choreography, psychology, computer science, and philosophy. Images and Understanding is unique in viewing the problems of imagery through the eyes of both science and art; it gives new insight into images and new ideas about understanding.
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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 172 x 247 x 23mm | 798g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521369444
  • 9780521369442

Table of contents

Preface Francis Crick; Editors' introduction; Part I. The Essence of Images Jonathan Miller; 1. What does the brain see? How does it understand Horace Barlow; 2. Pictorial instructions Ernst Gombrich; 3. Computer-generated cartoons Don Pearson, E. Hanna and K. Martinez; 4. The tricks of colour John Mollon; Part II. Movement Nicholas Humphrey: 5. Benesh: the notation of dance Monica Parker and Kenneth MacMillan; 6. Three stages in the classification of body movements by visual neurons David Perrett, M. Harries, A. J. Mistlin and A. J. Chitty; 7. What does gesture add to the spoken word? Peter Bull; 8. Visual processing of moving images Anthony Movshon; Part III. Narration Mel Calman: 9. Narration with words David Lodge; 10. Animal language John Krebs; 11. Are the signs of language arbitrary? Margaret Deuchar; 12. Moving pictures Jonathan Miller; Part 4. Making Images Christopher Longuet-Higgins: 13. Vision in other animals Michael Land; 14. Linking perception and graphics: modeling with dynamic constraints Andrew Witkin, Michael Karr, Demetri Terzopoulos and Alan Barr; 15. Understanding the digital image John Lansdown; 16. The draughtsman's contract: how an artist creates an image John Willats; Part V. Images and Thought Richard Held: 17. Understanding images in the brain Colin Blakemore; 18. Images of the functioning human brain Marcus Raichle; 19. Thinking with a computer Daniel Dennett; 20. How do we interpret images? Richard Gregory; Part VI. Images and Meaning Margaret Drabble: 21. Scientific images: perception and deception Jon Darius; 22. Pictures in the mind? Nelson Goodman; Postscript; Notes; Index.
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