Ex Libris Universum

Thursday, 25 March 2021

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives presents favorite images as backgrounds!

Who is ready for a new batch of Zoom backgrounds?! We know you’ve been waiting for the third installment of our Zoom background offerings...

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Reviewing Book & Movie Pairs for Women's History Month


Because of the pandemic my free time has definitely shifted to indoor activities, which has given me a great excuse to catch up on my reading lists and watch lists. Now, for the most part these lists are fairly separate. I am always cautious of any movie or TV series which is based on a book. The two genres each have their own merits, but when it comes down to it, I’m usually Team Book. I’ve just been betrayed too often. (Ella Enchanted anyone?)

Friday, 26 February 2021

February Photos of the Month

If I could pick a different era to live in as someone of my current age, I would choose the 1960s.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

With great pleasure, we welcome Dr. Jacqueline Mitton to Ex Libris Universum to talk about her new book on Vera Rubin, co-written with Dr. Simon Mitton. Vera Rubin: A Life, published February 11, 2021, is the first ever biography on the astronomer, who is regarded as one of the most influential of her era for her monumental contributions to dark matter research and her advocacy efforts for women in the sciences. 

What drew you to write about Vera Rubin?

Thursday, 11 February 2021

An Update from Your Friends at the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Some very big, very exciting changes are coming to the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives! 

ESVA is moving to a new site and adopting an open access approach to digital image sharing. Once we have transitioned to the new site, we will no longer charge for our high-resolution digital images or for usage fees. In addition to this, we hope to offer our users an improved photo research experience. We are excited to implement these changes and adapt with the best practices of our industry.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

This year, the 18th of January marked what would have been Japanese-American theoretical physicist Yoichiro Nambu’s 100th birthday!

Monday, 25 January 2021

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives presents favorite images as backgrounds!

Back by popular demand, Zoom backgrounds, part two!

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Lewis and Langmuir

It was again pleasant to take a trip to the archives stacks containing the Wenner Collection at AIP’s Niels Bohr Library and Archives back in early 2020. And again, it took little time to find a box containing papers written by two giants of the early 20th century, concerned with one of the basic problems of both physics and chemistry. The papers are:

Thursday, 31 December 2020

December Photos of the Month

Join us as we look back at the history of the Arecibo Observatory and some of the research done with this one-of-a-kind telescope!

Monday, 21 December 2020

Or How to Sound Like a Rare Book Expert, Part 8

Welcome to the next chapter of our ABC blog series! All quoted definitions used in this series come from John Carter and Nicholas Barker’s book ABC for Book Collectors. Today, we discuss some book terms that begin with the letter "T." You are welcome to access our entire ABC series here.

Text Block

“An ugly but useful term, the product of the increasing mechanisation of edition-binding. It means the text part of a book, sewn and trimmed, perhaps, but without endpapers, before casing-in; now used by hand-binders with the same meaning.”