Ex Libris Universum

Monday, 5 November 2018

A guest post from Sally Newcomb

In the serene quiet of the Niels Bohr Library it seems like a conversation with Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827) --his ideas come off the page as though freshly thought. From the Wenner collection of more than 3,800 volumes on the history of physics I was privileged to look at a volume before the books were properly cataloged and accessioned: 1799, Exposition du Systême du Monde, second edition. Like most of the volumes it has been attractively bound, but not as recently as some of the other Wenner books.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Short answer...a lot!

So what's actually in the Wenner Collection? Check out this awesome infographic to find out!

Friday, 12 October 2018

How Did We Get Here?

In The Big Move, you learned about the journey of a collection of rare books as they traveled from the Florida home of a collector to the stacks of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. But what exactly is this collection? How did we get here, and what does this collection mean to the NBL&A?

Monday, 24 September 2018

In celebration of Banned Books Week (9/23-9/29) I’m going to be discussing one of the most infamous challenges to scientific information in history: Galileo’s book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo) and his eventual trial for heresy the Catholic Church.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

A Thousand Mile Journey

Everyone loves moving day, right? It’s a calm quiet time to reflect on the memories of the past, all the plans you made and remade, the excitement of the future, and what opportunities lie ahead! Moving day is never chaotic or confusing and the weather always cooperates.