SIC Virtual Tour: Palermo Observatory, Sicily, Italy

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On Tuesday 23 March 2021, the Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC) will host a virtual visit to the Museum of Palermo Astronomical Observatory (Museo della Specola di Palermo) at 16:30-17:30 Central European Time (CET) (UTC+1), starting at 15.30 GMT, 10:30 EST and 09:30 CST respectively. Ileana Chinnici will share with us a selection of interesting items from the …

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SIC Virtual Tour: The History of Science and Technology collection of Yale University’s Peabody Museum, West Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Our host Alexi Baker will share with us a selection of interesting objects from the collection, followed by a Q&A session. The Yale Peabody Museum has a nationally-important but little-known collection of many interesting and important artifacts. It initially emerged from Professor Derek de Solla Price (1922-1983) working to preserve Yale's own apparatus from across …

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XXXIX Scientific Instrument Symposium

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The XXXIX Symposium was held as a virtual conference from 14-18 September. Presentations were pre-recorded, with live Q&A sessions held between 12.00 – 18.00 London time, to enable maximum participation across different time zones. Symposium theme: Spaces for Instruments The ‘spatial turn’ in history of science and historical geography has seen fruitful exploration of the …

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XXXVIII Scientific Instrument Symposium

Havana Havana, Cuba

Report - “Instruments at Crossroads” The XXXVIII Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission took place from the 23d to the 27th of September 2019 in Havana, Cuba. It was jointly organized by the University of Havana, the Cuban Chemical Society, the Cuban Physics Society and the Office of the Historian of Havana. It took place …

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XXXVII Scientific Instrument Symposium

Boerhaave Leiden, Netherlands

The XXXVII Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission will take place from the 3d to the 7th of September 2018 in Leiden and Haarlem, the Netherlands. The general topic of the conference is Instruments and the ‘Empire of Man over Things’. In The New Organon (1620), Francis Bacon famously wrote that “the empire of man over …

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XXXVI SIC Symposium

Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Questions of place are gaining increasing importance in the work of historians of science, technology and medicine, to such an extent that some scholars suggest this corresponds to a veritable "spatial turn". It is unavoidable that researchers take sides on issues such as the situatedness of knowledge and practices, the problems pertaining to their movements …

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XXXV Scientific Instrument Symposium

Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey

The SIC is delighted to announce that we have been invited by our colleagues from the Department of History of Science, Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University, for our symposium in 2016. ‘Instruments between East and West’ will be the conference theme. ‘Between East and West’ in this context might refer to ‘Orient and Occident’ or …

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XXXIV Scientific Instrument Symposium

Turin Turin, Italy

The SIC is delighted to announce that we have been invited by our colleagues from the Archivio Scientifico e Tecnologico of the University of Turin (ASTUT), Italy, for our symposium in 2015. Plans are in place for special visits to the noted University collections of physics, anatomy, and criminal anthropology as well as to Turin’s …

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XXXIII Scientific Instrument Symposium

Tartu Tartu, Estonia

The topic of this meeting will be New Views on Old Instruments, with the potential to include sections such as: New analytic methods New ways of public engagement with instruments New political aims (for example UNESCO recognition for material heritage) New challenges posed through (mostly, but not exclusively) post-war scientific instruments (conservation, selection, issues of …

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XXXII Scientific Instrument Symposium

University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom

Welcome to the website archive of the 2013 International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, hosted at the University of Manchester, UK, from 21 to 28 July 2013. iCHSTM 2013 was the largest meeting in the history of the field. Taking as its theme Knowledge at work, it featured nearly 1400 papers across 23 parallel …

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Historical Optical Instruments and the Collection of the Optisches Museum Jena

Optisches Museum Jena, Germany

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Optisches Museum, the Ernst-Abbe-Foundation Jena cordially invites to participate in the symposium “Optical Instruments and the Collection of the Optisches Museum” located in the auditorium of the Optisches Museu, Carl-Zeiß-Platz 12. The conference is held in cooperation with the Institute of History of Medicine, Natural Sciences …

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XXXI Scientific Instrument Symposium

Museum of Astronomy Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is glad to host the 31st edition of the Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission. The conference is open to all interested in the history, preservation, documentation and use of scientific instruments. The Conference will take place between 08 and …

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