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The Shape of SpectatorshipArt, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany$
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Scott Curtis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231134033

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231134033.001.0001

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Science’s Cinematic Method

Science’s Cinematic Method

Motion Pictures and Scientific Research

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(p.19) 1 Science’s Cinematic Method
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The Shape of Spectatorship
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Scott Curtis

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231134033.003.0002

Chapter One examines use of film as a scientific research tool in three fields (human motion studies, physics, biology) in Germany from the 1880s to 1914. It argues that there is a close relationship between film form and disciplinary agendas, which explains the affinity between cinema and science that Henri Bergson critiqued in Creative Evolution (1907).

Keywords:   Film, Science, Henri Bergson, Chronophotography, tissue culture, Brownian motion

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