Illustration of the hydrologic cycle

Cycles, Circulations, and Systems

Collections Blog

We live in a relational world. Technoscientific images help us see that way.
Japanese fireworks print

PECO Go 4th & Learn: A Cultural Journey

Tuesday, June 28 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT

Join us at the Wawa Welcome America festival for some
oooh-and-aaah-inspiring activities exploring the history of fireworks.
Fellows doing research in the Othmer Library

Institute Welcomes 2022–2023 Beckman Center Fellows

Incoming class includes scholars in our new two-year curatorial fellowship program.

Institute, Penn to Serve as New Hosts of History of Science Society

The dual collaboration between a public-facing organization and a university is the first of its kind for HSS.
Illustration of fireworks on the Seine, Paris, 1884

The Science of Fireworks

Friday, July 1 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EDT

Celebrate July’s First Friday with a bang as we explore the chemistry and artistry of fireworks through the ages. Registration is strongly encouraged for this free event.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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