Lovely Steampunk-esque Science Teaching Instruments.


11 Responses to “Lovely Steampunk-esque Science Teaching Instruments.”

  1. rijrunner1 says:

    OK.. Now *that* is how to do it…

  2. Xeni Jardin says:

    @jonrock, you may assume exactly that! I forgot to link it.

  3. TJ says:

    That reminds me of something from James Gurney’s Dinotopia series.

    A really beautiful blend of form and function.

  4. Alex_M says:

    Nice! I’m jealous of folks who get to play with those NMR instruments. I’ve only been allowed to use real ones. They look cool too but nowhere near as cool as that.

    Science definitely needs more brass and varnished wood.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think we can all agree that “steampunk”ness is so very much better when it is part of the device’s function, rather than bolted on.

  6. Axx says:

    When I was an undergraduate at VMI back around 2000, we still had quite a lot of (truly) old scientific equipment that looked nearly identical in style to the things linked above.

    I have tried to find catalogs of these kind of instruments online but have been unable to track any down. But since VMI (and many other colleges, I would imagine) no longer use such equipment I am sure there must be some repository or antique company that deals in these things. They are, face it, pretty cool.

    I would encourage anyone who is truly interested to approach a Physics department at any large University and simply ask around to see if they have some big room (probably below ground level) where they keep droves of stuff like this. I know VMI did. – You might be able to take some off their hands at a cut rate. It would be a crime not to let loving owners maintain antique equipment like this.

  7. dculberson says:

    Theodore Gray rocks my socks.

  8. Anonymous says:

    YES! Thank god, someone else who doesn’t like the word “steampunk”.

    Actually, to be fair, I’m not so against steampunk as I’m against the phrase “Oh, that’s -so- steampunk”. I was one of the smart kids at school and I’ve been left out of enough groups by the popular kids to recognise the signs. Steampunk isn’t a bad thing, it’s a very creative outlet that uses an interesting range of materials and design, it’s got good, bad and crazy sides though and the crazy side is the “movement” thing.

    I think the Times (of London, seriously) did the most damage to any affection I had for it. They got the worst advocate they could’ve who basically made it sound like a combination of private club and fashion craze and I just simply ended up thinking that the guy was full of himself, which is a shame because the instruments above are beautiful work.

    But “steampunk”? Nah, we need a new word again.

  9. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Wow. Just wow.

    Every classroom should have these.

    (Except that they’re like several thousand bucks a piece.)

    Still, they are beautiful.

  10. teleny says:

    DO WANT.
    (Can’t afford it, but I can dream…..)

  11. jonrock says:

    Can we assume this is the Theodore Gray of Periodic Table Table fame?

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