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Digital Library: Natural and Physical Sciences
A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering
Video of a lecture given by Ellen Rubin on the history of pop-up and movable books.
By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea
A fascinating look back at a historically important scientific expedition to New Guinea told through diaries, photographs and original film footage.
Copyright Law as Storytelling
Video of the lecture given by William F. Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, Inc. and the author of a 7-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law entitled Patry on Copyright.
Deciphering the Archimedes Palimpsest and Creating Digital Manuscripts
Lecture on the discovery, conservation, and imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest by William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.
Democracy 2.0: A Case Study in Open Government
Video of a lecture delivered by David S. Ferriero,10th Archivist of the United States, on open government, social media and digitization.
Eerie Anatomy : Periscope Tour of Medical Texts in the Dibner Library
A Periscope tour of the Dibner Library's anatomy rare books for Halloween
Endeavour's Wake: Captain Cook and the Transit of Venus (Chasing Venus Lecture 2)
Video of a lecture given 4/33/2004 by Richard Fisher entitled "Endeavour's Wake: Captain Cook and the Transit of Venus"
Travel with us to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention. Opens July 1, 2015 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Heralds of Science
These 200 books and articles were selected by Bern Dibner to represent the most significant titles in the formation and development of Western science and technology.
How to Survive in the New Media Ecology
Video of a lecture delivered by Lee Rainie entitled "How to Survive in the New Media Ecology." Originally delivered December 11, 2009
Huygens's Ring, Cassini's Division, and Saturn's Family: The first Exploration of the Solar System
Video of Albert Van Helden's 2007 lecture at the National Museum of American History about the first exploration of the solar system.
Incunabula in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
An index to the earliest books printed with movable type held by the Libraries. Some entries have associated images.
Compiled over 43 years by one man this index to every living animal discovered between 1758 and 1850 is still considered the essential reference for zoologists and paleontologists.
Instruments for Science
A collection of uniquely valuable trade literature that tells the history of 19th c. science through instrument catalogs.
Libraries in a Networked World
Video of a lecture given by Roy Tennant as part of the series on the future of libraries, museums and archives given in celebration of the Libraries' 40th anniversary.
Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship
Video of a lecture given by David Lankes entitled "Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship"
Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America
Once an amazing diversity of birds–some in breathtaking abundance–inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, species began to disappear, as h
Public Reaction to the Transit of Venus, 1882 (Chasing Venus Lecture 5)
Video of a lecture given in 2004 by David DeVorkin entitled "Public Reaction to the Transit of Venus, 1882"
Scholars and the Everywhere Library
Video of a presentation by Dan Cohen given in 2009 for the Future of Libraries series
Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
Portraits of scientists, engineers, and inventors collected by Bern Dibner to complement he thousands of scientific books and manuscripts in the library he founded.
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery. The U. S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842
Video of lecture by Nathaniel Philbrick on the U. S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842
A list of the original library of the Smithsonian's founder, given along with his bequest to the United States.
Solution of the Black-drop Mystery (Chasing Venus Lecture 4)
Video of a lecture given in 2004 by Jay M. Pasachoff entitled "Solution of the Black-drop Mystery"
The American Expeditions of 1874 and 1882 (Chasing Venus Lecture 3)
Video of a lecture given in 2004 by Steven J. Dick entitled "The American Expeditions of 1874 and 1882"
The First Observation of a Transit of Venus (Chasing Venus Lecture 1)
Video of "The First Observation of a Transit of Venus" - Wilbur Applebaum lecture originally given 04-08-04
The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist
Video of a lecture by Dr. Laura J. Snyder based on her recent book "The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World"
United States Exploring Expedition
After four years at sea, the U.S. Exploring Expedition returned with a bounty of data, specimens and artifacts that would later come to the Smithsonian.
We Can't Get There From Here: The Intersection of Research Library Aspirations and Copyright Challenges.
Video of a lecture on copyright issues for research libraries give by James Neal for the Libraries' 40th anniversary lecture series.
Whales: From Bone to Book
How do the bones and fossils of the largest mammals on the planet make their way from discovery by Smithsonian scientists to the museum collections to sharing with the world?
Wonder-rooms and curiosity cabinets appeared in the 1500s, as wealthy Europeans displayed objects and specimens collected during trading voyages and exploring expeditions.
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