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Sara Schechner as John Winthrop

Revolutionary Science: CAUTION - Kids, don't try this at home!

April 19, 2016

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Curator Sara Schechner (and her (still) able-bodied colonial assistant Daniel Rosenberg)  recreated some 18th century electrical experiments for the annual Cambridge Science Festival. Using the lecture notes of Professor John Winthrop and contemporary descriptions of demonstrations at Faneuil Hall by Benjamin Franklin’s friend, Read more about Revolutionary Science: CAUTION - Kids, don't try this at home!

Radio Contact Entrance

Exhibit Opening: Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture

March 11, 2016

Long before the Internet and television, radio was the medium that informed, entertained, and connected people across cultures and geographic divides. Families gathered together around the living room radio and listened to Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” and detective dramas like The Shadow. Showcasing extensive radio equipment from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the exhibition examines the evolving technology and cultures of listening, tinkering, and broadcasting. Come and tune in to a radio culture and history that is still vibrant and yet being… Read more about Exhibit Opening: Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture

Arnie Ginsburg

New Harvard Exhibit Narrates the Story of Boston Radio

March 10, 2016

The story of radio is one far from completion, but at relative odds with itself. On one hand, the internet has proven that the saga is ever-evolving, with a future that’s promising but completely uncertain, but on the other, there’s a real sense of finality to the era of FM (and even more so for AM’s long-gone appeal and reach). Read more >

Wilson receives science medal from President Richard Nixon in 1973.

Wilson Sculpture welcomed to place of honor before the Putnam Gallery.

October 8, 2015

As part of upcoming renovations to the Science Center's main entrance, Cabot Library, and the Greenhouse Cafe, prominent physicist Robert Wilson's eye-catching sculpture entitled "Topological III" has been moved to a new home in front of CHSI's Putnam Gallery.

Wilson commingled his artistic sensibilities with an impressive career in high-energy physics. As the first director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, he restored prairie and a bison herd, built the main building in the… Read more about Wilson Sculpture welcomed to place of honor before the Putnam Gallery.