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Fireside Chat ‘Alva Mason, Philadelphia Instrument Maker, 1824-1860’

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A brass plaque signed "A. MASON PHILADELPHIA". Presented by Steve Beare, USA. Abstract  The first instrument that inspired the author to collect and study scientific instruments, an inclined plane, was purchased in 1984. It has a brass plaque signed "A. MASON PHILADELPHIA". No other examples of signed Mason instruments were located at the time.  In …

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Fireside Chat ‘A Case for Curiosity’

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Henry P. Bowditch's “artificial waterfall” from c. 1893 (CHSI-WJ0216). Presented by Sara J. Schechner, the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University. The microscope of a literary legend; a philosopher’s bathing suit; stolen chemicals; and the nose cone of a missile given as a Valentine’s Day gift. These curiosities …

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10th Gerard Turner Memorial Lecture 2022 ‘Two Enlightenment collections of scientific instruments in Hanoverian Britain’

Society of Antiquaries Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

Presented by Dr Alison Morrison-Low, National Museums Scotland Variable microscope, in silver, by George Adams the Elder, signed by C.W. Dixey, associated with John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. NMS.T.1987.344 (c) National Museums Scotland. Portable silver compound astronomical device, unsigned, probably owned by Archibald Campbell, 1st Earl of Ilay and 3rd Duke of Argyll. NMS.T.2007.54 …

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Fireside Chat ‘Petrologic Microsopes’

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A typical example of a Petrologic Microscope. Presented by Thomas Schwarz, Germany. The second part of my collection: Petrologic microscopes. Giving a short introduction to this special kind of microscopy, I will start with the earliest genuine mineralogical microscopes made by the Berlin Maker, Rudolph Fuess. I will then continue to show the evolution of the …

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Fireside Chat ’Above and Below: the Cornish pendulum experiments to weigh the world’

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Presented by Carolyn Kennett. Going down a Cornish mine with Carolyn Kennett. In 1826 and 1828 attempts were made by a group of eminent scientists including George Biddlell Airy and William Whewell to measure the density of the Earth. They would travel to the far southwest of England to Cornwall and down the deepest mine …

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Special on-line event for September: William Herschel and the Universe

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  **Exclusively for SIS Members** Saturday 3 September 2022 5pm London Time (BST = UTC+1) Online via Zoom This year is the 200th anniversary of the death of astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822). Join us for a special online event where we will screen the following film that celebrates the pioneering work and craftsmanship of this …

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Scientific Instrument Society AGM 2022

Science Museum, London Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London

An opportunity to attend the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and to see the new instrument-rich ‘Science City 1550-1800’ gallery. More images and info available at https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/science-city-1550-1800-linbury-gallery#gallery-highlights   Time Event Notes 12:30 Meet for lunch at the Queen’s Arms, 30 Queens Gate Mews, Kensington, London, Greater London, SW7 5QL https://www.thequeensarmskensington.co.uk/#/ Delegates to order and pay …

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Long Study Tour to Turin and Milan

Long Study Tour to Turin and Milan, 15-21 May 2022 inclusive. Photo by Stefano Parisi from Pexels. Week-long Study Tour to northern Italy to visit various scientific instrument collections held within museums, universities and observatories in the cities of Turin, Milan and Pavia. Please click here for the full programme and here for the booking …

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Fireside Chat ’Precious French drawing and mathematical instruments and their makers, 1650-1850’

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Presented by Patrick Rocca. Architect's case by Pierre (I) Le Maire, Paris 1717-1722. Signed silver instruments. This talk traces the history of these instruments through a large number of recent illustrations and discoveries, both in terms of objects and documents. It deals in particular with the great dynasties of makers and their workshops, the typology …

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Fireside Chat ’The Schumacher Slide Rule — A Slide Rule with divisions at equal intervals’

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Presented by Jerry McCarthy. Jerry McCarthy's reconstruction of the Schumacher Slide Rule. The device is formally known as a Faber-Castell model 366 slide rule, with the subtitle “System Schumacher”. It was produced and sold from 1909 to 1929. The title page of a 1909 document for this slide rule refers to the device as “A …

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Fireside Chat ’A Celebration of Commemorative Sundials’

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Presented by Geoff Parsons. Geoff Parsons next to a heliochronometer on the parade ground at BRNC Dartmouth. Sundial are as old as history and have been used to both mark time, and celebrate important events and people. They can be drawn by a child, and also be immensely complicated. There will be brief introduction on …

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Fireside Chat ’The Untold Story of the Production of Zeiss Microscopes in Israel, 1952 – ~1965’

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Presented by Yuval Goren. An Israeli microscope. Between 1952 and ca. 1965, over 2,000 copies of the Carl Zeiss Standard Junior microscope were manufactured by the Louis D. Brandeis technological high school in West Jerusalem, Israel. The ‘Brandeis microscope’, as it was nicknamed, was a rather exact copy of the original German model with some …

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