Public and Private Science: The King George III Collection

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The King George III collection is a unique assembly of scientific instruments scheduled for display in a specially commissioned gallery at the Science Museum, London. This lavishly illustrated book comprises the catalog of that remarkable collection. It describes the context in which these pieces of equipment were commissioned (many by the monarch himself), made, and used--providing a fascinating perspective on scientific life in eighteenth century London. The book gives details of the various craftsmen who made instruments for popular scientific demonstrations, and links the spread of scientific knowledge to the broader cultural developments of the period. The volume itself is beautifully illustrated with many color and black and white plates. Full details are given for every individual item--including construction, maker, and intended use. This book will a proud addition to the bookshelves of historians of science and technology, collectors of scientific instruments, and museum curators.

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Alan Q. Morton, Senior Curator, Modern Physics, The Science Museum, London. Jane A. Wess, Curator, The Science Museum, London.

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'a magnificent book of the kind one hardly expects to see in straitened times'
Nigel Hawkes, The Times

'Public and Private Science is the first definitive catalogue of the whole George III collection. It is a sumptuous production, as befits a monarch ... The book is lavishly illustrated throughout and the quality of the photographs is excellent ... The authors, Alan Morton and Jane Wess, are
to be congratulated on their work. The book is beautifully produced and packed full of information ... anyone interested in scientific instruments and the history of science should buy one.
Carole Stott, New Scientist

'a lavish book-cum-catalogue, which is the result of years of painstaking work by its authors ... They have carefully pieced together the collection from the manuscript sources.'
Willem Hackmann, Nature, Vol. 366, November 1993

'The sterile title conceals a fantastic world of ingenious invention, fascinating apparatus and curiosities. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCIENCE ... is a bargain and coincides with the opening, in the National Museum of Science and Industry, of a gallery in which many of the instruments are displayed.'
The London Evening Standard

'the first definitive catalogue of the whole George III collection ... It is a sumptuous production, as befits a monarch. Even some of those who criticise our national museums for over-commerciality might be persuaded that scholarship and curatorial values are still alive. The book is lavishly
illustrated throughout and the quality of the photographs is excellent. The authors, Alan Morton and Jane Wess, are to be congratulated on their work. The book is beautifully produced and packed full of information.'
Carole Stott, New Scientist

`This is the definitive catalogue of the collection, logically and historically arranged with ample, even dazzling, illustration. It is clearly a work of scholarship ... the reader interested in the origins of science education, based as it is on the legacy of Newton, would do well to cull
from this important resource.'
SSR, Sept 94

`...lavishly produced and beautifully illustrated....'
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