Liberal Arts Blog — The World Museum of Science — The Big Question

Liberal Arts Blog — Wednesday is the Joy of Science, Engineering, and Technology Day

Today’s Topic — The World Museum of Science — The Big Question

The phone rings. It’s 4am. It’s the Secretary General of the United Nations. You have just been appointed the director of the World Museum of Science and Technology. You must decide by noon what is to be the first exhibit at the entrance. An analogous challenge faced the director of the Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology before it opened in 1964. His choice: the Model T. So what would your choice be for the World Museum of Science ? Why? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

WOULD IT BE THE WHEEL?

1. No wheels, no wagons.

2. No wagons, no cars.

3. No cars, no modern world.

WOULD IT BE THE SUN DIAL?

1. No astronomy, no science.

2. No science, no progress.

3. No progress, life would be even more “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” (Hobbes)

WOULD IT BE THE WELL?

1. No water, no life.

2. Water is often scarce.

3. No dig deep, no water in many places.

FOOTNOTE — The Museum American History — a little story

The Museum of History and Technology was renamed the “National Museum of American History” in 1980. Was the change of name and focus a bad idea?

National Museum of American History

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YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest thing you learned this week related to science, engineering, or technology. Or, even better, the coolest or most important thing you learned in your life related to science and engineering.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. Or to cement in your mind something that you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply about something dear to your heart. Continuity is key to depth of thought.

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