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Novel Graphics! Innovative Images in the History of Science

November 3, 2020, 10:30 am - November 17, 2020, 12:00 pm

Co-sponsored with UMKC Cockefair Chair

November 3, 10 and 17, 2020

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Course overview

In partnership with UMKC Cockefair Chair, the Library is pleased to make Professor William Ashworth’s annual Cockefair Course available to the public for the first time. The course will consist of three sessions on Tuesdays, November 3, 10, and 17, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. One registration covers all three sessions. 

The Novel Graphics course 

Not long after the introduction of printing, scientific books began to provide illustrations. Often the image was simply an aid to identification, as in a woodcut of an iris, or a hedgehog, or an ammonite; sometimes it assisted in explaining the text, as with a diagram of a cosmological system. But occasionally an artisan and/or an author found a way to tweak an image in a new way to provide visual understanding that was far superior to what one could do with words. Those are the images that will attract our attention: cut-away views, exploded drawings, time-lapse images, moveable diagrams, images with flaps, simple graphs, pie-charts, periodic tables, thematic mapsthe list is quite long. Each of these novel conventions had to be invented, and that is what we will pursue in this coursethe step-by-step history of graphical innovation in scientific publications in the West, enriched by narratives of the people who wrote and illustrated these books. 

The instructor 

William Ashworth, Ph.D.Associate Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas Cityis a historian of science, with an emphasis on the Renaissance and early modern periods. His research interests focus on Renaissance and early modern natural history and early scientific illustration, especially emblematic imagery. Dr. Ashworth is also a consultant for the history of science at the Linda Hall Library, where he writes the Library’s daily blog, the Scientist of the Day, and has curated or co-curated 28 rare book exhibitions, many of which are available online. 

Accessing the program 

Registration is $40 per person; $35 for Linda Hall Library Foundation donors.

The course will take place via Zoom webinar. Registration is open now and will remain open through the final live session on November 17. By registering, participants will receive links to all three live sessions via Zoom. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated. Thank you! 

The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in our public programs.  Closed captioning is provided.  If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.orgor call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.  

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November 3, 2020, 10:30 am
November 17, 2020, 12:00 pm
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