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 Tel.#617-253-4651 Fax#617-253-7034 lass media mit edu (Embedded image moved to file: pic18716.jpg) 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 4:00-5:00 followed by refreshments From the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, artisanal knowledge was deemed inferior to the knowledge of the savant or experimental natural philosopher. During the nineteenth century, however, critical social, economic, political, technological and scientific changes took place, which culminated in the recognition that instrument makers were critical to the scientific enterprise. Nineteenth-century Germany proffers historians a good example of the collaboration between artisans and scientists. I shall address how optical technology and musical instrument manufacture actually proved critical to the development and testing of scientific theories. to receive CBA Colloquium announcements, send email to: cba_admin cba mit edu 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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