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.
- In the years following the Civil War, a handful of American educators designed and sold hinged or doweled wooden solids or flat shapes that they could be transposed into other shapes having areas known to students. One of them was Albert H. Kennedy (1848–1940), the superintendent of schools in Rockport, Indiana.
- This small paper pamphlet describes an improved form of Kennedy's models for teaching the arithmetic of practical measurement. Drawings show a model of a rectangle, as well as dissected models designed to show related areas of a parallelogram, a trapezoid and a circle. Other drawings show a model of a rectangular solid and related volumes of a cylinder, a cone, a pyramid, and a sphere, and another model relating to the cone and the cylinder. Further models are described for finding square roots, cube roots, and the area of right triangles. Several practical examples are given for each model described. The pamphlet also includes tables of non-metric weights and measures.
- For related objects, obtained separately, see 2005.0055.
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- Western School Supply House
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center