Someone's Trash is Our Treasure
The Collector as a Preserver of Material Culture
Nicola Marras and Wolfgang Irler are pleased to have had you in the 22th Oughtred Society International Meeting.
The Oughtred Society International Meeting event took place September 16th - 18th, 2016 at the MUSE Science Museum in Trent, Italy.
Many mathematical devices and slide rule were displayed for this IM 16, International Meeting of Collectors of Historical Calculating Instruments.
The theme for the 22th IM 16 of the Oughtred Society takes its inspiration from the comparison of extinct species to the extinct technology of mechanical calculating devices. We want reconsidering these historical calculation-related artifacts, putting the main emphasis, not on the achievements of past technology, but on the "material culture", taking into account the historical context that makes these artifacts worthy to be collected, analyzed, and used to explain its evolution.
Consequently, the actual collector may be considered as having equal rights to a paleontologist who digs for fossil remains or an archaeologist who searches for human artifacts, rummaging in forgotten cellars and flea-markets. What someone had thrown away became the collector's treasure.
Download the IM 16 Proceedings, inside you will find:
A thank to the editors of the IM16 Proceedings. Editing a text it is a long process, time-consuming and unpaid. Without the help of David and Donna Sweetman, Jerry McCarthy and Mark McCormick, we would not have published anything!
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