Science & Mathematics
The Museum's collections hold thousands of objects related to chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and other sciences. Instruments range from early American telescopes to lasers. Rare glassware and other artifacts from the laboratory of Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen, are among the scientific treasures here. A Gilbert chemistry set of about 1937 and other objects testify to the pleasures of amateur science. Artifacts also help illuminate the social and political history of biology and the roles of women and minorities in science.
The mathematics collection holds artifacts from slide rules and flash cards to code-breaking equipment. More than 1,000 models demonstrate some of the problems and principles of mathematics, and 80 abstract paintings by illustrator and cartoonist Crockett Johnson show his visual interpretations of mathematical theorems.
"Science & Mathematics - Overview" showing 1 items.
- This 56-page paper pamphlet, copyrighted in 1881, has the full title A Revised Key to Gould's Patent Arithmetical Frame; Containing Much New and Valuable Matter, Including Common Fractions, Percentage, and the Metric System. It has a variety of problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and decimal fractions that could be set up on a teaching device called Gould's patent arithmetical frame, along with answers. A section of the pamphlet discusses the metric system, and a variety of other arithmetic problems are included.
- On the cover, Gould’s address is given as 72 Murray St., New York. This address is crossed out and Chatham, N.J., is written in in ink.
- For a related object, see 1994.0038.01. For related correspondence, see 1994.0038.03.
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- Bugbee, H. K.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center