A Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by: Jim Bennett (Oxford) jim.bennett<at>mhs.ox.ac.uk , Mike Edmunds (Cardiff) mike.edmunds<at>astro.cf.ac.uk and David Hughes (Sheffield) profdwhughes<at>btinternet.com
Summary: Of all the sciences it is arguable that images have played the greatest role in astronomy, both for the professional and for the interested public. This discussion meeting will consider both the history and technology of imaging in the era of the telescope, and the implication of representing physical phenomena by images created by visualisation techniques, particularly where the radiation is invisible to the eye. Capability and limitations will be traced from drawing and painting, through photography and image intensifiers, to the digital era at all wavelengths. Discussion will be encouraged about the role imaging has played in constructing the astronomical object, and in shaping the public’s view, delivered by astronomers, of the nature of the sky and its contents. We hope to reinforce interaction between practising astronomers and historians of science by reflection from philosophers and historians of art.
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