Montana State University

April 4 open house planned for new Wilson Hall exhibit

March 30, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- An exhibit that celebrates 400 years of science and includes rare books from the 17th and 18th centuries will be recognized with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the northwest corner of the first floor of Wilson Hall at Montana State University.

MSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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 new exhibit arrived compliments of George Keremedjiev, founder of the non-profit American Computer Museum in Bozeman. The exhibit will remain at Wilson Hall through the summer.

The new exhibit space will eventually include a plasma TV screen and was developed by the American Computer Museum, the MSU College of Letters and Science and the MSU Department of History. The exhibit area is located in a lobby that used to house vending machines. Future displays will feature research by MSU faculty and staff, 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.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu