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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: DIGITAL REPRESENTATIONS AND EMBODIED INTERACTION: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES OF COMPUTER MODELLING
Author: Monteiro, M
Abstract: This text discusses how virtual objects participate interactively in the production of knowledge in scientific practice. The article is based on the ethnographic observation of an interdisciplinary team of scientists whose work involves computer modelling of heat transfer in the human prostate. The ethnography found that although scientific imaging may be considered a form of 'simplifying' the apprehension of data, an intense interpretative process is required to achieve shared meanings concerning the images. These meanings are constructed through oral communication and embodied interactions with virtual objects during the interactions between scientists. A better understanding of these interpretative practices is needed given the growing importance of the use of 3D digital imaging and computational models in contemporary science. These techniques are increasingly used not only to describe truths about nature, but also as powerful tools for intervening in the world.
Subject: Computational modelling
Gestures
Interaction
Ethnography of science
Visual representations
Digital technologies
Country: Brasil
Editor: Univ Federal Do Rio Janeiro
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2009
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