From explorers measuring a pre-industrial world to virtual worlds built with code, technological advances and human ingenuity have heightened our senses, expanding perceptions of the universe and our place in it. Eden Phillpotts, inspired by the magnifying glass, remarked, “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Come with us as we focus our lens on magical things–from planets beyond the stars to the hidden networks binding us together.
This exhibition grew out of the 2014 library Dean’s Fellows projects. Each semester, fellows work with librarians and faculty on strategic projects that help them learn new skills and share scholarship. Students were trained to use Omeka, Neo4j, and GIS technology to dig deeper into scholarly and primary sources. We wondered how new technologies have changed our ability to visualize large data sets. How have the inventions and discoveries of past centuries changed our perception of the universe? Curators from the Central Library, Special Collections, the Divinity Library, the Music Library, and Peabody Library identified items in the libraries’ collections that spoke to the way our world view has changed over the last six centuries.
Exhibition open through July 2016 in Central Library, on 4th and 2nd floor gallery
Components of this exhibition may also be viewed online.