Exposing Electronics / Edition 1

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It is clear that artefacts 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 analysing the interaction between objects and museum visitors. Less well recognised, or understood, is the value of objects for historical research.
In this series of books we propose to show by example how artefacts 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 artefacts.
There is also a section which is meant to suggest to readers what kind of
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Curators and other historians examine electronic artefacts preserved in collections around the world, demonstrating the ways in which they can be employed in the study of the history of science and technology. A section is devoted to the process by which electrical items are collected and the museums in which many of them are preserved. Includes high-quality b&w historical photos and photos of devices on exhibit. Finn is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789058230560
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Series preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
Inventing the History of an Invention: J. A. Fleming's Route to the Valve 7
The Electron Made Public: The Exhibition of Pure Science in the British Empire Exhibition, 1924-5 25
Wilhelm Cauer and his Mathematical Device 45
Earl Bakken's Little White Box: The Complex Meanings of a the First Transistorized Pacemaker 75
When is a Microprocessor not a Microprocessor? The Industrial Construction of a Semiconductor Innovation 115
Exhibition Critique: Background for the Information Age 135
Information Age - a Critique 143
'The Mind's Eye' and the Computers of Seymour Cray 151
Researching Rabi's Relics: Using the Electron to Determine Nuclear Moments Before Magnetic Resonance, 1927-37 161
Collectors and Museums 175
Index 193
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