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Fireside Chat ‘The collections of Scientific Instruments of the Greek Schools in Istanbul’

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Presented by Panagiotis (Takis) Lazos, Greece Synopsis The Great School of Nation, known also as Phanar Greek Orthodox College, Istanbul (image courtesy of Panagiotis Lazos). In Istanbul, three minority secondary education schools operate today for the Orthodox Christian citizens of Turkey. These schools were established by the Greek community of the city in the 19th …

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Fireside Chat ‘An Inspired Collection of Historic, Irish Scientific instruments’

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Presented by Patrick J. Slattery Synopsis Compass Sundial signed: J. Mason 14 Capel St. Dublin (circa 1820) This presentation will provide views of a private collection that includes historic, Irish scientific instruments, signed by the makers, and is focused primarily on navigation and exploration. It will outline the influences and scholarship that inspired the approach …

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Fireside Chat ‘Guglielmo Marconi’s Magnetic Detectors in a Cigar Box: Biography of a Material Myth’

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Presented by Roberta Spada Magnetic detector in a cigar box on display at Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (IGB-2139) in a 1957 photograph. Archivio Fotografico Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Milan, Italy), id. 2090, Sala Marconi, "Riproduzione del detector magnetico ideato e costruito da Guglielmo Marconi", Studio Sella, September …

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Fireside Chat ‘Why we collect – A brief history of the Bakken Museum’s collection of electro-medical devices’

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Presented by Adrian Fischer, USA Synopsis Image courtesy The Bakken Museum Collections. This presentation will look at the historical developments and changes within the Bakken Museum’s collections, with a special focus on electro-medical devices which represent the majority of the artefact collection. Started primarily as a research collection in the 1960s, the use and scope …

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Fireside Chat ‘College Heights Weather Station’

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Presented by Michael Trapasso, USA Synopsis The Roger Rees collection of aneroid barometers (image courtesy of Michael Trapasso). The College Heights Weather Station has been operating at Western Kentucky University since 1932. This fully functional weather station had served as a 'teaching laboratory' for meteorology students. With the retirement of its last director, and the …

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Fireside Chat: Creating digital records on shared public storage

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Presented by Tom Jackson, UK Example of an object owned by an institution (image by T. Jackson). This presentation provides one possible answer to the question of how to create and where to store digital records about objects of historical interest including the restoration of historic scientific instruments. In particular objects which are not owned …

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Fireside Chat “Antique mineralogical instruments – the Medenbach collection”

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Presented by Olaf Medenbach. Synopsis 3 petrographic microscopes by Nachet & Fils, Paris, ca. 1920, ca. 1880 and 1914 (from left). Mineralogy is a classical natural science and deals with the physical and chemical properties of minerals and synthetic crystals and materials. Though it might be defined as a branch of solid-state physics, the scientific …

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Fireside Chat ‘About Rare Masters of Nuremberg Ivory Diptych Dials’

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By Alexander Thekale Synopsis Numerous ivory diptch sundials are known in the standard literature and can be found in various museum collections. Most of them are made by members of the well-known families Karner, Miller, Tucher, Troschel and Reinman, and a few others with a limited number of surviving pieces. This is not, of course, …

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Fireside Chat ‘Russian exploration and British navigational instruments in the beginning of the 19th century’

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By Feliks Gornischeff Synopsis Eight-day marine chronometer by Barrauds, London, c.1822 (Science Museum, inv.no. L2015-3494). My presentation will look at the use of British navigational instruments by Russian explorers in the beginning of the 19th century. In the talk, I will cover different British makers and their instruments, look at the role of Russian diplomatic …

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Fireside Chat: Restoring Scientific Instruments – Aims and Methods

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A petrographic microscope No. II made by R. Fuess, Berlin/Steglitz before and after the restoration. The authentic restoration of scientific instruments is a technique, which needs comprehensive knowledge of technical methods and genuine recipes as well as craftsmanship and professional machinery. This talk presents the different degrees of restoration beginning from gentle cleaning to complete …

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Fireside Chat ‘Exponential ex machine – a quest from history to action’

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By Pietro Milici and Frédérique Plantevin. Abstract: In the late 17th century, scholars like Huygens and Leibniz sketched some machines to justify the existence of transcendental curves by solving inverse tangent problems. Some decades later, Giovanni Poleni (1683-1761), an Italian polymath and professor at the University of Padua, designed the first effective machines for the …

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Fireside Chat ‘From Galvanometers to Oscilloscopes: The development of instruments to detect and record electrical signals 1850 to 1970’

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Duddell double beam oscillograph, 1909. By Robert Whitworth. SynopsisThese days life is so dependent on electrical devices that we take them for granted. This chat will use instruments from the historic collection at the University of Birmingham to illustrate the challenges faced by early workers on electrical systems. We start with detecting direct currents with …

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