An eclectic collection chosen because of my personal tastes and objects with particular aesthetic appeal expressed to me by non-scientists.
Leitz Universal Stage; Leitz Ultropak Incident Illuminator; Leitz Dialux Polarizing Microscope and accessories; Chamot and Mason, Handbook of Chemical Microscopy 2nd ed v. I & II; Shillaber Chemical Microscopy Reagent Sets 1 & 2; Leitz Dialux Polarizing Microscope Case and additional accessories; Gaertner Universaal Cathetometer; Gaertner Cathetometer (vertical in center).
IEC Swinging Bucket Rotor; Reichert Research Microscope; Sauter Ultra-Matic Double Hook Microbalance; Mettler Demonstration Balance;
Four items in this eclectic display were chosen because of their particular aesthetic appeal to those outside the sciences. A Southern California contemporary art collector was so taken with the Mettler demonstration balance he requested it for his personal collection. After seeing the Sauter balance displayed in my office, a colleague in Theater Arts returned to take photographs to record its striking design. The clean lines of the centrifuge rotor give it a natural, aerodynamic beauty, though I believe the engineers gave it those lines in part for aesthetic reasons, since its use in a vacuum obviates the need for aerodynamics! And the antique brass microscope represents the classic “brass and glass” scientific objects widely sought for their decorative impact.
© R. Paselk
Last modified 25 April 2018