LTS Special Collections is pleased to announce its fall exhibit, "Laboratories Invented and Reinvented." Opening August 19, 2013, the exhibit will be on display in the Linderman Library main reading room, the Cafe Gallery, and the Bayer Galleria.
When laboratories come to mind, one imagines Bunsen burners, steaming test tubes, and bubbling beakers. Though traditionally scientific (and usually chemical) in origin, the concept of a laboratory has expanded to include such diverse functions as languages, finance, and even theater. Special Collections will examine images of laboratories over time, featuring representations that illustrate the evolution of these creative learning environments.
The chemical laboratory as represented in Diderot's Encyclop'die is featured in the library's main reading room, as are 16th and 17th century representations of alchemy laboratories. Also on display here are experiments whose venues included the sky and great outdoors, such as Otto von Guericke's demonstration of vacuum pressure showing that two teams of horses couldn't separate a sphere, and Galileo's observation of sun spots.
Exhibited in the Cafe Gallery are examples of famous fictional laboratories, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as comic book heroes Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk who were accidentally transformed in the laboratory environment.
Library collections on display are supplemented by artifacts loaned by both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics. "Laboratories Invented and Reinvented" will be open through December 2013.