Reading Instruments: Objects, Texts and Museums


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material culture; gravitational measurement; geophysical prospecting; scientific instruments; research methods

Project Description:

In this research, I consider the place of artefact study as a link between past and present practices in the sciences, and as a link between different kinds of pedagogical practice and students.
Publications related to this project include:

K. Anderson, M. Frappier, E. Neswald, H. Trim, "Reading Instruments: Objects, Texts and Museums" Science and Education 22 (2013) 1167–1189. a collaborative case study of the Eotvos Gravimeter used at the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa in the late 1920s and 1930s by A.H. Miller (1886-1992) and the later life of the instrument in the Canadian Science and Technology Museum.

K. Anderson, "An ‘experimental’ instrument: testing the torsion balance in the Empire" (under review).
“Beyond the Glass Cabinet: The History of Scientific Instruments” in Revista Electrónica de Fuentes y Archivos del Centro de Estudios Históricos. Edition Digital No 4. Dossier: Los archivos de la ciencia: Prácticas científicas, cultura material y organización del saber. Issue guest edited by Irina Podygny on current methods in history of science. 2013. http://www.refa.org.ar/

“Coral Jewellery/ Victorian Things: A Forum on Material Objects,” Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies 34 (2008) 47-52.

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Self-Funded

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collaborator; author

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Elisabeth Neswald (Brock), Melanie Frappier (Dalhousie), Henry Trim (UBC), Jan Hadlaw (AMPD, York)

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