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With the 2006 acquisition of the Burndy Library (a collection of nearly 70,000 items), The Huntington became one the top institutions in the world for the study of the history of science and technology. In November 2008, The Huntington opened Dibner Hall of the History of Science, which features the permanent exhibition “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Change the World.” It includes galleries devoted to astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. In lectures and interviews, curators and scholars explore a variety of subjects in the history of science.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine The Huntington

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With the 2006 acquisition of the Burndy Library (a collection of nearly 70,000 items), The Huntington became one the top institutions in the world for the study of the history of science and technology. In November 2008, The Huntington opened Dibner Hall of the History of Science, which features the permanent exhibition “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Change the World.” It includes galleries devoted to astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. In lectures and interviews, curators and scholars explore a variety of subjects in the history of science.

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Now I See You As You Are

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Now I See You As You Are

    Jennifer van Saders, Carnegie-Princeton Fellow, will discuss how the technique of astroseismology has revolutionized scientists’ view of the internal workings of stars. This talk is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series at The Huntington.

    Recorded May 15, 2017.

    • 35 min
    Exoplanet Genetics

    Exoplanet Genetics

    Dr. Johanna Teske, Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellow, highlights new discoveries about exoplanets—planets orbiting stars other than our Sun—including how their composition is “inherited” from their host star. This talk is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series at The Huntington.

    Recorded May 1, 2017.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Simulating the Universe, One Galaxy at a Time

    Simulating the Universe, One Galaxy at a Time

    Andrew Wetzel, Caltech-Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories, discusses how theoretical astrophysics is now revealing how galaxies are formed, using the world’s most powerful supercomputers to simulate this complex process. This talk is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series at The Huntington.

    Recorded April 17, 2017.

    • 45 min
    Unraveling the Mysteries of Exploding Stars

    Unraveling the Mysteries of Exploding Stars

    Tony Piro, the George Ellery Hale Distinguished Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics at the Carnegie Observatories, discusses how scientists are combining observations with theoretical modeling to unravel the mysteries of supernovae. This talk is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series at The Huntington.

    Recorded April 3, 2017.

    • 52 min
    PBS’s “Mercy Street” and Medical Histories of the Civil War

    PBS’s “Mercy Street” and Medical Histories of the Civil War

    The Huntington presents a fascinating conversation about the practice of medicine during the U.S. Civil War and its dramatization in the popular PBS series “Mercy Street.” The panel discussion is moderated by Melissa Lo, Dibner Assistant Curator or Science and Technology at The Huntington, and includes curator Olga Tsapina, who oversees The Huntington’s Civil War collections; series executive producers Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel; and series medical history advisor Shauna Devine.

    Recorded Jan. 17, 2017.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Value of Patents: A Historian’s Perspective

    The Value of Patents: A Historian’s Perspective

    Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History at Yale University, discusses the important ways in which patents have contributed to technological innovation over the course of U.S. history. This talk is part of the Haaga Lecture Series at The Huntington.

    Recorded Jan. 9, 2017.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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