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CBA Coloq

Dear Sir/Madame:

Please include the following colloquium announcement in your calendar for
next week.

Thanks very much,

Sherry Lassiter
Program Manager
Center for Bits and Atoms
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street, E15-404
Cambridge, MA  02139
lass media mit edu

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                                       CBA Colloquium                      
         Artisans are Instrumental to Science: Why 19th Century Germany 
Got it Right         
                                        Myles Jackson                      
                         Associate Professor, Willamette University        
          Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and 
Technology at MIT          
                                  Monday, February 23  2004                
                                        MIT Media Lab                      
                                       20 Ames Streeet                     
                                     The Bartos Theater                    
                                        Building E15                       
                                        Cambridge, MA                      
                                  followed by refreshments                 
            From the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, artisanal 
             was deemed inferior to the knowledge of the savant or 
            natural philosopher. During the nineteenth century, however, 
              social, economic, political, technological and scientific 
               took place, which culminated in the recognition that 
            makers were critical to the scientific enterprise. 
               Germany proffers historians a good example of the 
                between artisans and scientists. I shall address how 
                technology and musical instrument manufacture actually 
               critical to the development and testing of scientific 
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MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) is an interdisciplinary initiative
that is looking beyond the end of the Digital Revolution to ask how a
functional description of a system can be embodied in, and abstracted from,
a physical form. These simple, profound questions date back to the
beginning of modern manufacturing, and before that to the origins of
natural science, but they have revolutionary new implications that follow
from the recognition of the computational universality of physical systems.

CBA was founded by Profs. Isaac Chuang, Neil Gershenfeld, Joseph Jacobson,
and Scott Manalis, with Marvin Minsky. It was launched by a National
Science Foundation award in 2001 (NSF CCR #0122419) that is supporting the
creation of a unique shared experimental resource that enables the creation
of form and function across nine orders of magnitude in length scales, as
well as an associated intellectual community drawn from across MIT's campus
spanning the historical divisions that have emerged between the study of
computer science and physical science, and between the development of
software and hardware. CBA's government funding is complemented by
corporate sponsorship for technology development and transfer.

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