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Woman irritated by smog in LA in the 1950s

Fighting Smog in Los Angeles

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Laser inventor Gordon Gould playing chess 1940

The Man, the Myth, the Laser

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Data from Disaster

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Still image from Rethinking Ink animation

Rethinking Ink

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Arnold O. Beckman and Ken Peters

A Covert Success Story

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Arie Haagen-Smit with lab equipment, 1961

The Flavor of Smog

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Wind Map, created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

Wind Map

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Vaughn Bell poses with her work Village Green.

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Edward Dunlea calibrating an aerosol mass spectrometer at the Storm Peak Laboratory.

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Waters: Glaciers and Bucks by Diane Burko.

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Mary Lowe Good.

Mary Lowe Good

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Frank Field working with an ionization instrument at Humble Oil in the 1950s

An Emerging Field

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A cover of Amazing Stories, the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction.

Future Tense

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A mass spectrometer 9 (MS9) at the Humble Oil and Refining Company, Baytown, Texas

Instrumental Developments

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pour l’Amour de Lavoisier

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Robert Allington (right) and his brother John Allington, ca. 1960

Biz Kid

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Robert Woodward, with his trademark cigarette, sitting at a desk with a statue of a Scotsman.

Robert Burns Woodward

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Mildred Cohn.

Mildred Cohn

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Søren Sørensen.

Søren Sørensen

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Arnold O. Beckman, 1959.

Arnold O. Beckman

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An 1830 engraving of Sir Humphry Davy, by G. R. Newton, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830).

Humphry Davy

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Donald Othmer as a young man.

Donald F. Othmer

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Dorothy Hodgkin in 1991.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

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Michael Faraday. Engraved by D. J. Pound from a photograph by Mayall.

Michael Faraday

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Making Modernity exhibition at the Museum at CHF.

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The French Connection

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Two Tales of Ballooning

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Art Detectives

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Guinea pig

Tiny Productions

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Harvard Cyclotron

Accelerating Oncology

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Public Lab

Track Changes

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Natural Magick

Laws of Attraction

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Zenith Royal M transistor hearing aid

Sound Waves

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Margaret Cavendish frontispiece

First Lady

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Schematic of J. J. Thomson’s apparatus.

Positive Effect

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A show at the Corning Museum of Glass features professional glassmakers at their craft.

Hot Stuff

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Geneticist Matthew Meselson with the Beckman Model E in 1958.

Inside the Box

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Lancets and a blood collecting bowl

Let It Bleed

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