Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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This holds a pre-eminent collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present. It was founded in 1944 by Robert Stewart Whipple, who donated his collection of scientific instruments to the University.

You can see the large telescopes used in the 18th century, see how people navigated around the glove, the old sundials and mathematical instruments. There are some fascinating objects, such a silver celestial planisphere. This shows the stars in the sky, along with engraved pictures and degrees. The armillary spheres are models of the universe.

The collection includes many of the instruments used in the Cavendish Laboratory. This includes an X Ray tube, Electrical instruments used to make amazing discoveries through the last centuries.

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