Started in 1794 as a place where inventors could display their perfected tools and machines, the museum's "new" objects eventually became historical items. Exhibits range from photographic equipment to golf-ball printers, barometers, thermometers, clocks, and an astrolabe once owned by Lavoisier.
The web site given is no longer valid and a google search shows up the museum you have described. Perhaps It has morphed in a new guise.
Thanks Junko for taking the time to photograph and captioning the pictures. It is so exhilarating and at the same time so depressing.... At that time with no computing power and hardly any resources that we currently have, they had done so much. Am sure there must have been many other inventions that might have gone unnoticed..
Well, you must be wondering why depressing.. today we have so much on this planet and there are so many things that can be achieved with the resources ( both in terms of computing power and human intelligence) but we still have countries in Africa and some in India and other developing nations where even drinking water an electricity and even food is hard to come by. So much of intelligence, so much of invention.. and still some people live in caves, literally.
Maybe I am just in a philosophical frame of mind but still, there is this lingering sense of depression looking at all the hard work that went in hundreds of years ago. They certainly would have wanted to world to benefit and not just one particular country or nation -- but how much has the world benefitted? Am not talking about the developed countries - am thinking about the under-developed ones where the total population exceeds that of the developed world.
No doubt tons of good things have come out of those inventions but we still have a long long road ahead.
Thanks, Sufia. Appreciate your comments here. The museum gives us the sense enormous fundamental progress science and engineering made over the last several hundreds of years. Now we are at the stage of applying much of the basic science they had learned to the real world. And in our acts of applications, we aren't making enough strides especially in the developing countries... I get that. And I, too, am frustrated.
While a foreign museum may seem more exotic, I think it would be hard to beat the Smithsonian in Washington for its history of science and engineering.
The first time I visited the Smithsonian I was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the exhibits. I enthusiastically took them in one at a time. I can still recall many of the exhibits 45 years later. By about three hours in, I was starting to skip exhibits as it was apparent I wouldn't be able to take them all in, in a day. By about hour four, I was saturated and couldn't wait to leave. It's an experience I shared with many people I've known who have visited. You can get too much of a good thing. It's like trying to take a sip from a fire hydrant. So if you do decide to go, I'd recommend you only plan for 3 hours at time.
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