Sonic Skills: Sound and Listening in the Development of Science, Technology and Medicine (1920-now). Scholars who emphasize the visual bias in Western culture usually point to science as their favorite example. Because doing research seems impossible without using images, graphs and diagrams, science is – in their view – a visual endeavor par excellence. Historians and sociologists of science have recently corrected this claim by showing how senses other than seeing, including listening, have been significant in the development of knowledge, notably in the laboratory. The world of science itself, however, still considers listening a less objective entrance into knowledge production than seeing.