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Curator's Choice: A Selection of Instruments from the Museum Stores

Richard Paselk, Curator

An eclectic collection chosen because of my personal tastes and objects with particular aesthetic appeal expressed to me by non-scientists.

Click on an object on the image map below to learn more about it.

Alternatively, the objects are accessed below by shelf from top to bottom and left to right by Casehalf:

Left Side

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).

Right Side

IEC Swinging Bucket Rotor; Reichert Research Microscope; Sauter Ultra-Matic Double Hook Microbalance; Mettler Demonstration Balance;


Case image with hotspots for objects Demo balance hotspotChemical Microscopy books hotspot Chemical reagent sets hotspot Leitz PolScope accessories hotspot universal stage hotspot Leitz Dialux Pol Microscope hotspot cathetometer hotspot cathetometer hotspot Sauter balance hotspot

Cool Instruments: Aesthetics, Function and Design in Science

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.

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Last modified 25 April 2018