Exposing Electronics

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Bernard Finn
CRC Press, Dec 21, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 216 pages
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It is clear that artifacts have the power to provoke thought, inspire action and arouse passions. There is evidence of this in the ever-increasing number of museums as well as in the ability of those museums to stimulate controversy through exhibits. As a consequence, much has been written analyzing the interaction between objects and museum visitors. Less well recognized, or understood, is the value of objects for historical research. In this series of books we propose to show by example how artifacts can be employed in the study of the history of science and technology in ways ranging from motivating a line of research to providing hard evidence in the solution of an otherwise insoluble problem. The first volume focused on medicine; in this, the second volume, the topic our authors address is electronics. As readers will discover, there is considerable scope in the range of topics and in the range of uses of artifacts. There is also a section that suggests to readers what kind of questions they might consider when they visit electrical exhibits, and where those exhibits are to be found.

This series is sponsored by the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the Science Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, with help from professional historians in other museums and elsewhere.
  

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Inventing the History of on Invention J A Flemings Route to the Valve
7
The Electron Made Public The Exhibition of Pure Science in the British Empire Exhibition 19245
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Wilhelm Cauer and his Mathematical Device
45
Earl Bakkens Little White Box The Complex Meanings of the First Transistorized Pacemaker
75
When is a Microprocessor not a Microprocessor? The Industrial Construction of Semiconductor Innovation1
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Exhibition Critique Background for the Information Age
135
Information AgeA Critique
143
The Minds Eye and the Computers of Seymour Cray
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Researching Rabis Relics Using the Electron to Determine Nuclear Moments Before Magnetic Resonance 92 737
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Collectors and Museums
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Index
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Page xii - Museums are sensitive to, and reflect, the specific local meanings of objects, bur they have the asset, too, of curators whose detailed knowledge of the collections is couched within a wider historical perspective. Building on these dual strengths, the series is intended to initiate an international discussion which both emphasizes local material cultures, and also draws upon recent research in the overall history of science and technology. The authors will therefore include curators, but the series...

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Bernard Finn is Curator Emeritus of Electrical Collections at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author or editor of a number of books and articles on electrical history, museums, and submarine telegraphy.

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