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The Burndy Library: window on the history of science

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Friedlander, Gordon D. ; Staff Writer

Within the walls of the Burndy Library, one has access to 30 000 printed volumes, and, in addition, rare manuscripts, correspondence, and laboratory notes written over the centuries by many of the world's greatest scientists, engineers, inventors, physicians, and philosophers. More than 300 of the science ``incunabula'' (books published in the first 45 years of printing, 1455-1500) are included in this collection. The Library also doubles as a museum, since it contains in its special display cases numerous examples of early optical and electrical instruments and devices, and laboratory equipment used by the great scientists of a bygone era. Authentic electrostatic generators, made between 1740 and the mid-1800s, are a prominent feature of the permanent exhibit. Portraits and sculptures of noted practitioners in science and technology add to the warmth and dramatic aura of the building and its priceless contents.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

March 1970

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