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Behind the Exhibit: Displaying Science and Technology at World's Fairs and Museums in the Twentieth Century

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Added 2019-05-01
Publication date: 2019-04-25
doi: 10.5479/si.9781944466237

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Behind the Exhibit: Displaying Science and Technology at World's Fairs and Museums in the Twentieth Century

Elena Canadelli, Marco Beretta, Laura Ronzon (Volume editor); Nobumichi Ariga, Francesco Barreca, Marco Beretta, Andrée Bergeron, Charlotte Bigg, Elena Canadelli, Bernard Finn, Robert D. Friedel, Claudio Giorgione, Tina Kubot, Cathleen Lewis, Allan A. Needell, Pedro M. P. Raposo, Laura Ronzon, Arne Schirrmacher, Jaume Valentines-Álvarez (Chapter/Paper Author)

The rich contents of this Artefacts volume, the twelfth in the series, clearly show how complex and entangled are the narratives behind the public display of scientific artifacts in national and international exhibitions and science museums in the twentieth century. The constant tension between basic science and technological applications, the multilayered role of history, the constant appearance and disappearance of collections of artifacts, and the search for a balance between entertainment and education come to light. 

Series Preface

Bernard Finn

Introduction

Elena Canadelli, Laura Ronzon, Marco Beretta

Lavoisier and the French Chemical Heritage at the Musée Centennal of the Paris World Exhibition (1900)

Marco Beretta

Telegraphs and National Heroes
A Case Study of Telegraphy as a Mirror of National Branding

Tina Kubot

The Quest for the Technological Soul of a Nation
The Catalan Forge and the Display of Politics (1914–1949)

Jaume Valentines-Álvarez

From Instruments of Science to Instruments of History
Andrea Corsini and the Birth of the Museo Galileo

Francesco Barreca

History of the CNR Artifacts Collection
From the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago to the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan

Claudio Giorgione

Astronomy between Solemnity and Spectacle
The Adler Planetarium and the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago (1933–1934)

Pedro M. P. Raposo

Built in Thoughts Rather than Stone
The Palais de la découverte and the 1937 Paris International Exposition

Andrée Bergeron, Charlotte Bigg

Science Versus Technology
The Exhibition of Universal Science in E42 Rome and the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan

Elena Canadelli

North American World’s Fairs and the Reinvention of the Science Museum in the 1960s

Arne Schirrmacher

The Rise, Fall, and Unexpected Rebirth of Russia’s Buran Shuttle at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements, 1988–2014

Cathleen Lewis

National and International Expositions and the Origins of the National Apollo 11 Artifacts Collection

Allan A. Needell

Presenting the Past, Present, and Future of Technological Innovation
The Japanese Pavilion at Expo ’70 as a Discourse on Science and Technology Policy

Nobumichi Ariga

Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century Exhibitionary Complex

Robert D. Friedel

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