XXIX Scientific Instrument Symposium

4 - 9 October 2010
Florence, Italy

Symposium Announcement

The Museo Galileo and the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica are very pleased to host the XXIX Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (Division History of Science and Technology) in October 2010. The Symposium is open to anyone interested in the history, preservation, documentation of use of scientific instruments. Scholars, curators, collectors are welcomed and students are especially encouraged to attend.


The primary theme for the conference will be "Instruments on display". We encourage you to submit papers about how instruments have been presented in scientific collections, museums and permanent and temporary exhibitions in past and more recent time. Did didactic, scientific, celebrative, propagandistic and rhetorical considerations significantly influence the manner of displaying instruments? How were instruments presented in a Wunderkammer of the Renaissance, in a 18th-century cabinet or in a 19th-century exhibition? How and why are they shown in contemporary science museums? We hope that these and other questions will give rise to interesting papers and discussions at our meeting.

Visits and Excursions

The participants will have the opportunity to visit the newly renovated halls of the Museo Galileo, the recently restored 19th-century physics cabinet of the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica, the collection of surveying, geodetic and meteorological instruments of the Istituto Geografico Militare, as well as the Tribuna di Galileo, the wax anatomical cabinet and the recently refurbished astronomical tower of La Specola, the zoological section of the Florence Natural History Museum. An excursion will be organized to Arezzo, where the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Museo dei Mezzi di Comunicazione as well as one of the most important Italian private collection of scientific instruments.

Registration and Call for Papers

A first taste of the collections at the APK and in the surrounding region can be gleaned from an account in the current, December 2010 issue of the "Bulletin" (of the Scientific Instrument Society).

Please visit the conference website for details: http://www.imss.fi.it/news/sic/

XXIX Scientific Instrument Symposium

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