The Visual Language of Technique

Volume 2 - Heritage and Expectations in Research

  • Luigi Cocchiarella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Setting the Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giuseppe Caglioti
      Pages 13-26
  3. Visual Language in Research: Between Theory and Applications

  4. Images in Research: Iconographies and Experiences from the PHD School of the Politecnico di Milano

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Tommaso Solcia
      Pages 109-111
    3. Anna Antonini, Kermican Apak, Giulia Brun, Giorgio Calegari, Silvia Colombo, Patrizia Della Vedova et al.
      Pages 125-129
    4. Giulia Campanini, Elisa Fain
      Pages 131-135
    5. Giorgio Calegari, Valentina Sumini
      Pages 137-141
    6. Matteo Giuseppe Romanato
      Pages 143-148
    7. Stefano Bovio, Alessandro Musetta
      Pages 153-157
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-179

About this book


The book is inspired by the second seminar in a cycle connected to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Politecnico di Milano (June 2013). "Working with the Image. Description Processing Prediction" was the motto of this meeting, aiming to point out the role of Visual Language not only in describing reality, but also in supporting the thinking processes in Science (prediction), in Art (invention), in Technical studies (prevision), and in identifying and working on both visible and invisible phenomena. As John Barrow states, "So often a picture is better than a thousand words", and "The visual language is the most natural, while the other language could reasonably be considered as 'postscripts' to the human story". The essays included in the volume (from lectures, the poster session, interviews and round table) aim to show the wide range of technical possibilities connected with the present use of the Image, especially thanks to Computer Graphics, from 3D Modeling to Augmented Reality, while also offering a glimpse of interesting theoretical perspectives. In the end, as noted by Martin Heidegger, the word "theory" not only comes from the Ancient Greek verb "theoreo", that is "to see, to observe", but it also echoes the words "theos" and "thea", namely "god" and "goddess", and above all, it shares the root with the term "aletheia", which is the "truth", that is, something not far from the ultimate goal of research. The volume includes an interview with the editorial staff of the science magazine FOCUS.


augmented reality computer graphics engineering graphics visual cryptography visual language

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Cocchiarella
    • 1
  1. 1.Architecture and Urban Studies (DASTU) Campus Leonardo - Building La NavePolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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