Silke Ackermann is Director of the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford and President of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the IUHPS. She is particularly interested in the transfer of knowledge between the Islamic World and Europe.
Richard L. Kremer is Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has published widely on the history of early modern astronomy and on the use, production of and trade in scientific instruments.
Mara Miniati is Emeritus Curator of the Museo Galileo in Florence. She is interested in Renaissance scientific instruments and in the history of the scientific institutions.
Contributors are: Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Silke Ackermann, Marco Beretta, Laurence Bobis, Alison Boyle, Fausto Casi, Ileana Chinnici, Suzanne Débarbat, Richard Dunn, Inga Elmqvist-Söderlund, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Peggy A. Kidwell, Richard Kremer, Mara Miniati, Richard A. Paselk, Donata Randazzo, Steven Turner.
All interested in the history of science and scientific instruments, the material and visual cultures of science, and the institutional and social history of museums and museology.
"Several papers in this volume present excruciating details concerning the struggles that various people have faced when trying to get historic scientific instruments onto exhibit and keeping them there. Seldom, however, do they grapple with the question of why anyone, other than the odd collector, curator or historian of technology, should want to look at these instruments."
At: http://www.erittenhouse.org/reviews/, by Deborah Jean Warner, curator at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washington and the founding editor of Rittenhouse, the forerunner of eRittenhouse.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Silke Ackermann, Richard L. Kremer and Mara Miniati
1. Andrea Corsini and the Creation of the Museum of the History of Science in Florence (1930-1961)
2. “Not for their beauty”: Instruments and narratives at the Science Museum, London
3. “More Artistic than Scientific”: Exhibiting Instruments as Decorative Arts in the Victoria & Albert Museum
4. “Of sufficient interest …, but not of such value …”: 260 Years of Displaying Scientific Instruments in the British Museum
5. Instruments on Display at the Paris Observatory
Laurence Bobis and Suzanne Débarbat
6. Looking at Scientific Instruments on Display at the United States Centennial Exhibition of 1876
Richard L. Kremer
7. Permanent Demonstrations: The Science Teaching Museum at the University of Chicago
Steven C. Turner
8. The Display of Twentieth-Century Instruments at Humboldt State University
Richard A. Paselk
9. Slide Rules on Display in the United States, 1840-2010
Peggy Aldrich Kidwell and Amy Ackerberg-Hastings
10. “Exceedingly Ridiculous”: Telescopes on Displayon the Seventeenth-Century Stage
11. Instruments on Movie Sets: A Case Study
Ileana Chinnici, Donatella Randazzo and Fausto Casi
12. Display of Instruments on Seventeenth Century Astronomical Frontispieces
Inga Elmqvist Söderlund