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Living Library Exhibition

by University of Oklahoma

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

When you download this course you will enter a rare book room.  All sounds are hushed except for the turning of the pages.  The smell of old books is in the air.  
  • "Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors." Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
In this Living Library Exhibition, browse images and descriptions of roughly 150 rare treasures from the history of science, technology and medicine.  Think of this course as a personal tour through a virtual library with rare books set out for you.  The books' subject areas encompass the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, medicine, geology, geography, chemistry, meteorology, mathematics and the human sciences.  Chronologically, they range from antiquity to the early 20th century.

The History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries is a living library, growing constantly to serve a dynamic community of scholars.  Look for the interweaving of two stories: the history of science, and the history of the Collections.  The physical version of this exhibit is open for viewing on the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma, through August, 2013.
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