The Lemur project is an inter-faculty,
inter-disciplinary project to develop web-based teaching resources that introduce objects from our historical collections.
|The use of historical equipment in physics courses puts physical principles and applications more firmly into their social and cultural context, an aspect that is conspicuously absent in many physics courses. Scientists as a whole do not have a good reputaion for being able to relate their work to the interests of the public at large. There are notable exceptions. One of our contributions to improving the education of our science graduates is to increase their exposure to the historical context of their subject; one of our contributions to the education of arts graduates is to increase their exposure to the instruments of science. The Lemur project promises to bring the 'two cultures' noticeably closer together.||
|The Lemur project will provide web-based pictures and historical background
for some 200 instruments in our collection. Alongside this resource, teaching content will be developed that directs
students to web-based coursework in which they can undertake such tasks as assessing the evolution of techniques
in one area, assessing the development of design and the use of materials, assessing the change in performance
and specification of equipment, and much more.
In the first instance, Lemur aims to provide scientific instrument related courseware for teaching not only in physics but in history and philosophy of science, in cultural history and in the history of art. The images and data will be freely available to all on the World Wide Web.
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Last updated 21st December 2000