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Ontario Hydro’s “Museum of Electrical Progress”

I recently wrote a report for the Canada Science and Technology Museum about the history of Ontario Hydro’s little-known “Museum of Electrical Progress”, a museum (or rather collection of electrical instruments and apparatus) that was under development from 1963-77 and … Continue reading

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My review of Feynman (2011) is now in Annals of Science

Well, well, well! It looks like my review Ottaviani and Myrick’s 2011 graphic biography of Richard Feynman, first published online in 2012, has finally made it into a volume of Annals of Science! This calls for a celebration! And by … Continue reading

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“Museums and Scientific Material Culture at the University of Toronto” now available online

Good news! I’m pleased to announce the online publication of a co-authored article by Erich Weidenhammer and myself, “Museums and Scientific Material Culture at the University of Toronto“. This article will appear in the journal┬áStudies in the History and Philosophy … Continue reading

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Unknown: A Workshop

This post originally appeared on www.utsic.org, the homepage of the University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection. You can see it here. Recently, the University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection had the pleasure of running a workshop on unidentified scientific instruments. … Continue reading

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Dissertation completed!

It’s official: I am now Ari Gross, PhD. On May 10 2013 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, “Form and Function: Seeing, Knowing, and Reasoning with Diagrams in the Practice of Science”. It’s very much a history and philosophy of … Continue reading

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Bigelow in the Basement: Medical Instrument Hunting in the Wild

This post originally appeared on www.utsic.org, the homepage of the University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection. You can see it here. One of the great pleasures of trying to piece together the complex and disparate elements that are the University … Continue reading

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“Visualizing the Invisible: Historic Representations of Matter”

Hi everybody, The Chemical Heritage Foundation recently released a short video of me explaining several chemical diagrams that appear on the interior walls of their building. In retrospect, I probably should have gone for a haircut before filming it… Enjoy! … Continue reading

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The Chemical Heritage Foundation and the importance of academic communities

Hi everybody, It’s been quite a while since I’ve let the world know what I’m up to, so I figured that I should take a few moments to fill everyone in. A couple of weeks ago I returned from Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Generations Vol. 6: Visual Representation and Science now available online

Hi everybody, It is my absolute pleasure to announce the latest volume of┬áSpontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science:┬áVolume 6, Visual Representation and Science. This year I had the privilege of editing Spontaneous Generations in conjunction … Continue reading

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The 1938 University of Toronto Electron Microscope: an appearance on Canadian Made

Last year an email asking about the 1960s electron microscope in the hallway of Victoria College turned into an opportunity for fellow philosopher and historian of science Isaac Record and I to fly down to Ottawa for the day and … Continue reading

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