Systematic Wonder: Science Observed Through Rare, Historic, and Artistic Works


From now until August 26, 2013, you can see some of the scientific highlights of the Special Collections at CU in the Special Collections Reading Room, Norlin N345. The exhibit it is open Thursdays and Fridays, 1 – 5 pm and by appointment.

Systematic Wonder covers aspects of science from astronomy to life and environmental sciences, with a particular focus on bringing together artistic and historical perspectives that help us see current scientific concepts in a new way. We hope each of the works on display will inspire a sense of wonder–but may also lead you to think about

Highlights include an artist book, Fresnel’s Tower, that stacks equations, Isaac Newton’s Opticks, a first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, and an artist book that juxtaposes an A. S. Byatt short story with a images of insects in a modern collecting box. Find a full list in the the exhibit bibliography.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 303-492-6144.

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