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New Partnership Presents Old Books

October 8, 2007 -- By Sarah Alexander, College of Letters & Science

College Office

A new exhibit celebrating 400 years of science—on display on the first floor of Wilson Hall—is the result of a unique collaboration between the College of Letters and Science and Bozeman's American Computer Museum.

The display, titled "From Bacon to Bits: 400 Years of Science," includes a first-edition book by Francis Bacon, second-edition books by Charles Darwin and John Locke, and a book published in 1726 by Isaac Newton. Also displayed are the issue of Nature that announced the molecular structure of DNA and a Commodore 64 Computer. The Guinness Book of World Records called the computer the best-selling single personal computer model of all time, with 17 to 22 million sold world-wide.

The exhibit arrived compliments of George Keremedjiev, director of the American Computer Museum. The exhibit space, developed by the College, used to be a lobby that housed vending machines. Future displays will feature MSU research, as well as rotating displays from the American Computer Museum on the history of technology and science.

"It's a marvelous resource for faculty and students," said George Tuthill, interim dean of the College of Letters and Science in 2006-2007.

Keremedjiev said, "Wilson Hall, where the display is located, is at the heart of the academic intersections for the various core requirements. The display exposes students studying mathematics, history, philosophy, religion, etc. to some of the very books they cover in their studies."

Since the partnership began in 2007, the college and museum have partnered on several exhibits, including a display on voting technology during the 2008 elections and a display on women in science in 2009.

Updated: 04/15/2011