The stories of the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and the Temple of Solomon are among the best known in the Old Testament, often used during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to frame accounts of the progress of knowledge. The works represented provide a view of the activities of a loose circle of authors, projectors, and thinkers which formed in England around the émigré German activist, Samuel Hartlib.
Featuring a small but fine collection of cameras, early photographic lenses and accessories, and darkroom equipment covering a wide spectrum of photographic history, from a lens of 1839 of the type used by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre to an example of a 1960s Russian 'FED 4' camera and beyond.
George Graham and Bill Gates: A Study in Architectural Dominance
A Virtual Exhibition by Jonathan Sills compares George Graham, an English mechanic and the first instrument maker to specialize in these large measuring instruments needed by observatories, with Bill Gates and his Microsoft corporation.
The Museum has a fine oil painting in its collections of an imagined scene in the life of the sixteenth-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). It was painted in 1855 by Eduard Ender and shows Tycho demonstrating a celestial globe to the Emperor Rudolph II in Prague. This special exhibition follows its restoration and is centred on this scene.
The mathematicians of the Renaissance applied their geometry to all manner of practical disciplines - from navigation and surveying to cartography and perspective. This exhibition presents the application of mathematical science in the context of the battlefield in three areas - Gunnery, Rangefinding and Surveying, and Fortification. Troop Formations and the Telescope are also covered.
The Measurers: a Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth Century
This special exhibition was centered around a very unusual and important painting in the Museum's collection, known simply as 'The Measurers', which depicts a range of practical activities, foremost among them mathematical instrument making, used to start a discussion of the practical mathematics movement of Renaissance Europe and as a means of organizing the display of a large number of related objects.
This small exhibition, drawn entirely from the Museum's collection, presents some examples of the earliest types of photographic image. It concentrates only on the first three processes to be developed: Daguerreotypes, Photogenic Drawings and Calotypes.
The Oxford Science Walk takes you to some of the most important and interesting historic scientific sites in Oxford, from the time of the founding of the University in the 13th century and the work of Friar Bacon to advancements in modern science such as the development of penicillin.