The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is pleased to announce that Dr. Ken Alder will give the Dibner Library of the History of Science & Technology's Annual Lecture. He will speak on "The Measure of the World," based on his recent book, The Measure of All Things, the fascinating story of the measurement of the Earth in order to obtain a foundation for the length of the meter.
The Lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 5th at 5:00 pm in the Carmichael Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, in Washington, DC. The Lecture, supported by The Dibner Fund, is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Since 1991, Dr. Alder has taught at Northwestern University, where he is Associate Professor of History and directs the Science in Human Culture Program. He also holds the Harold and Virginia Anderson Outstanding Teaching Professorship, and has held research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society.
Begun in 1992, the Dibner Library Lecture is held annually and features a distinguished scholar, who has made significant contributions to his or her field of study. Since 2000, the Dibner Library Lecture has become available in published form. The fully illustrated lectures are also posted online at www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/index.htm
The Dibner Library of History of Science and Technology is the Smithsonian's collection of rare books and manuscripts relating to the history of science and technology. Contained in this collection of 25,000 rare books and 2,000 manuscript groups are many of the most important works dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries in the history of science and technology including engineering, transportation, chemistry, mathematics, physics, electricity, and astronomy. The Dibner Library shares this collection with the public through exhibitions in an adjacent gallery, through loans to other institutions' exhibits, and through public programs.
Head of Special Collections
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
P.O. Box 37012
Dibner Library of the History of Science & Technology
NMAH 1041, MRC 672
Washington, DC 20013-7012
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