How do we define a ‘scientific instrument’ and ‘science’? Did they mean the same thing as they do today for people from different eras and places? The term ‘scientific instrument’ was only adopted in the 19th century. Most people would consider microscopes and telescopes scientific instruments but what about a radio or a calculator?
Curated by student intern Eleanor Brittain, this display houses quirky objects that are not what they seem. Often their scientific nature is ‘hidden’, perhaps only known to the owner and maker. Some have multiple functions simultaneously, while looking like something completely different!