Isaltina Maria de A. Mello Gomes, Diego Andres Salcedo

Scientific images are used as a discursive resource to informs, communicate and challenge us. They are also objects that provide the most diverse and different forms of public communication of science. Thus, this work reveals the diffusion of science through the Brazilian commemorative postage stamps issued in the twentieth century. In this research, 2354 postage stamps were identified, using both RHM and Scott Catalogs. From this universe, 104 stamps formed our amplified sample, from a proposed categorization of its textual-pictorial elements. Finally, 4 stamps were used as our restricted sample, on which we deepen an interpretative reading. The research enabled us to consider that postages stamps participates, as well as other media, in the diffusion of science, contribute to building scientific cultures and indicates theoretical and technical criteria towards the statute of postages stamps.

Keywords: Discourse, Postage Stamps, Scientific Images, Science Diffusion

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