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.
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- This engraving shows a celestial globe, a terrestrial globe, and an armillary sphere, each supported on a mount decorated with caryatids. The signature refers to John Baptist Homann (1664-1724), a German engraver who established an influential cartographic house in Nuremberg in 1702. Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, a professor of mathematics who worked with Homann on several astronomical projects, may have had a hand in the creation of this image.
- Currently not on view
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- early 18th century
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center