PACHSmörgåsbord: Museums

Sunday, January 24, 2010

File Pluto under “K” for “Kuiper Belt”

A quick review of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s The Pluto Files. Tyson’s book, which just appeared in paperback, is readable, witty, and engaging. It will not, however, convince very many people that Pluto should not be counted amongst the planets.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/24 at 02:09 PM
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stephen Johnston on Early-Modern Chymistry

A quick summary of Stephen Johnston’s recent Brown Bag Lecture at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/27 at 04:00 PM

Monday, April 12, 2010

HoS Micropost: On-Line History of Medicine Museum

The Science Museum in London has recently launched a site devoted to the history of medicine. It’s one of the better history of medicine sites and well worth a visit, and some time.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/12 at 10:25 PM

Saturday, December 31, 2011

On Collecting and Collectors

The NY Times recently posted a “Room for Debate” topic asking “Why we Collect Stuff.” This post reflects on what I think worked well in that debate and where I would have liked to see the participants say more.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/31 at 12:54 AM

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On Salt Shakers and Chinese Takeout Menus

What is the difference between the Luddens’ collection of salt and pepper shakers and Spiller’s collection of Chinese takeout menus? Very little really. They both reflect the collector’s efforts to exercise authority over a particular domain.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/16 at 01:51 AM

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rejecting “Alternative”

Lynn Nyhart’s recent column in the HSS Newsletter calling for a rethinking of the history of science profession echoes comments and suggestions made by historians. We need to take her seriously if we are going to extend the profession beyond the walls of the academy.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/26 at 11:27 PM

Monday, March 19, 2012

HOS Micropost: Collect it, Display it, and Call it a Museum

When does a personal collection become a museum? A recent NY Times article seems to present that question.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/19 at 11:02 PM

Saturday, September 08, 2012

From Trash Collecting to Collection of Trash

Nelson Molina is a NYC sanitation worker who has created his own museum from the treasures he finds discarded in trashcans throughout the city

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/08 at 11:34 AM

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Corporate, Personal, and Neon Museums

Carpigiani’s gelato museum, Bill Koch’s old west town, and Las Vegas’s neon museum show how museums continue to assert authority and establish identity.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/31 at 07:19 AM

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