The Virtual Laboratory is a digitalization project devoted to the history of the experimentalization of life. Its main focus is the interaction between the life sciences, arts and architecture, media and technology. It consists of two related parts, an archive and the laboratory.
As an archive, the VL offers numerous scans of texts and images concerning experiments, instruments, buildings, scientists and artists between 1830 and 1930 as well as categorized datasheets derived from this holdings.
The laboratory constitutes a platform where historians of science, culture and technology as well as students can present their recent research on the experimentalization of life and explore new modes of writing history. Since this year, the Virtual Laboratory has an ISSN Number (1866-4784).
In addition, the VL offers several online research tools (pdf download, RSS, EndNote export, Zotero). In the MyLab section, for example, users can create their own workbenches where they can build, manage and share own annotated sets of objects from the Virtual Laboratory. These sets may contain items like library sources, biographies, sites, experiments, etc. but also own text elements, external links and files for download. Due to these features, the Virtual Laboratory is not just a research, but also a genuine teaching resource.
Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science
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