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More from the Science Museum 21 January 2016

More from the Science Museum last Boxing Day Bank Holiday. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

A marine chronometer by Thomas Samuel Cogdon, circa 1889.

A turret clock movement by William Smith, circa 1850.

Difference Engine No. 2. (Which no longer gets demonstrated, as it's too expensive to keep it operational.)

The Ada Lovelace exhibition: Surviving parts of Difference Engine No. 1.

A Jacquard-type ribbon loom.

Trial model of a part of the Analytical Engine.

Churchill's Scientists exhibition: Naxos radar warning receiver (not "aerial" as described).

H2S radar set (descendants of which were still in service in the Vulcan).

Valve from a Chain Home radar station.

Watson-Watt's original radar receiver.

The original magnetron, and an electromagnet used in the original experiments.

Suitcase of glass slides used in Tube Alloys work at Rhydymwyn.

Original model of pencillin.

Fermentation vessels for penicillin production.

A variety of antibiotics of the era.

Magnox fuel rods and grab tools. (The idea was to show Churchill's scientific legacy, though it wasn't entirely convincing.)

Magnox reactor inspection vehicle.

Hodgkin and Huxley's apparatus for studying nerve impulses in squid. (Popular among physiologists not only for their conveniently large neurons but because you can eat them afterwards.)

See also:
Cosmonauts at the Science Museum


  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:57pm on 21 January 2016

    I find it sad that they no longer demonstrate Difference Engine No. 2. And all down to money, as usual. How better to encourage more children to become engineers than to demonstrate cutting edge near unbelievable tech from the past?

  2. Posted by Zygmunt Lozinski at 02:55pm on 21 January 2016

    Nice. Looks like I need to plan a trip to South Kensington.

    If you want to see a Difference Engine being demonstrated, the one in Mountain View in the Computer History Museum gets a regular outing. I don't the owner is bothered about the running costs - given he paid to have one constructed for his study. I probably have a video of it somewhere.

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