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Animal Vegetable Mineral Animal-Vegetable-Mineral: Natural History Illustration from the John Crerar Collection
The art and beauty of illustrated natural history books is celebrated in this exhibition. The collection exemplifies the development of natural history illustration and the role of the image in disseminating knowledge of the natural sciences.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 30, 1991
Subjects
History of Science
Art
Exhibition catalog for Between the boards Between the Boards: Collections, Compilations and Curiosities from the John Crerar Collection of Rare Books in the History of Science and Medicine
This exhibition celebrates the surprising discoveries while cataloging over 20,000 volumes from the John Crerar Collection of Rare Books in the History of Science and Medicine. It illustrates the ingenuity of the authors and other compilers, the creative scope of the personal and institutional collectors who brought these items together, the skill of catalogers who described the materials, and the exciting opportunities awaiting researchers.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 30, 2003
Subjects
History of Science
History of Medicine
History of Print
Enrico Fermi Portrait The Chain Reaction: December 2, 1942 and After
This exhibition was organized to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the world's first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, an achievement of Enrico Fermi and his colleagues at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Dec. 1, 1992
Subjects
History of Science
University of Chicago
Physical Sciences
Rosslin 1528, cropped detail The Fetus In Utero: From Mystery to Social Media
This exhibition takes an historical approach to exploring the complex evolution of the fetal image in Western Christian culture. We show that before images of the fetus in utero entered the digital age, they have been deployed in three distinctive ways over the past 500 years.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 2 — April 12, 2019
Subjects
History of Science
The Human Fabric The Human Fabric
The Human Fabric follows the development of anatomical illustration in print from its beginning as a primitive record of early explorations in gross anatomy in the late fifteenth century to the highly refined studies published just prior to the advent of photography.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1981
Subjects
History of Science
Default Placeholder Photo Isaac Newton and the Principia: A Tercentenary Celebration
In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Isaac Newton's "Philosophiae Naturalis principia mathematica," this exhibition displays early editions of the Principia in Latin, English, and French, along with other related works from the collection.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 1, 1987
Subjects
History of Science
Joseph Halle Schaffner Exhibit Joseph Halle Schaffner Collection in the History of Science
This exhibition presents 107 highlights from the Schaffner bequest of over 300 landmark works in science, including works by Bacon, Boyle, Darwin, Descartes, Kepler, and Newton.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1978
Subjects
History of Science
Nature Disclosed Nature Disclosed: Books from the John Crerar Library Illustrating the History of Science
This exhibition celebrates the merger of the John Crerar Library and science collections of the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 1985
Subjects
History of Science
Science through the Ages Exhibit Science Through the Ages: A Selection of Pioneer Works in Science, Technology, Medicine in the Collections of the John Crerar Library
This exhibition explores the nature of science and its tendancy to expand man's knowledge of the natural world and the importance of periodicals and publications of academies and societies to the advancement of science.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 31, 1979
Subjects
History of Science
Science in 19th Century Children's Books Science in 19th Century Children's Books: An Exhibition Based on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Historical Collection of Books for Children
The 100 books in this exhibition illustrate the relationship of these books books for children to contemporary scientific and technological advances, the attitudes toward these developments, and the prevailing philosophies and methods of teaching science in the 19th century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Aug. 1 — Oct. 31, 1966
Subjects
History of Science
Default Placeholder Photo Science in Manuscript: Some Sources Illustrating the History of Science
This exhibit of original sources form the University's rich manuscript collection in the history of science and medicine traces the history of science through the manuscript form from the thirteenth through twentieth century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 1, 1982
Subjects
History of Science
Default Placeholder Photo Scientific Article: From the Republic of Letters to the World Wide Web
The first scientific journal articles appeared in France and England in 1665, a key historical event in the fledgling enterprise of modern science. This exhibition draws upon a wide variety of communications pertinent to the origin and development of the scientific article.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 1, 2000
Subjects
History of Science