Sparking Imaginations

The history and technology of electricity and electrical power

This museum-type exhibit discusses the history of electrical science from Benjamin Franklin through the late 19th century and will showcase resources from the Collins Library book collection and the Physics Department's collection of historical scientific apparatus. The exhibit will also include interactive demonstrations of physical principles underlying electrical science and a discussion of electrical power generation in Tacoma and in the present-day United States.

Exhibit coordinators Dr. Amy Fisher from the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and Dr. Amy Spivey from the Department of Physics will present a public lecture accompanying the exhibit from 4 - 5 p.m. on October 30, 2014, in Thompson Hall, Room 175. A reception will be held following the lecture from 5 -6:30 p.m. in Collins Library.

Sparking Imaginations will be on display from October 27, 2014, through January 15, 2015, at Collins Memorial Library. Sparking Imaginations is sponsored by Tacoma Public Utilities, Collins Memorial Library, the Physics Department, the Program in Science, Technology, & Society, and the Office of the President at the University of Puget Sound.

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