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Thomas Peterson Collection Celebration

Kelvin Smith Library will celebrate Thomas F. Peterson Jr.’s recently donated gift of a significant collection of rare books related to the history of science and technology. The Thomas Peterson Collection Celebration will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the library’s Dampeer Room (second floor).

Peterson will be the guest of honor and the event will feature a lecture by noted scholar William Newman, Distinguished Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University. Newman studies early modern science and scientists. He will highlight the scientists whose work is represented in the collection, including Galileo Galilei, Christoph Scheiner, Robert Boyle, Gaspar Schott, Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton. Newman also will provide insight into what scholars can learn about the history of science with access to works like these.

A reception will follow the lecture, during which guests can view an exhibit of items from the collection, including items from a previous donation from Peterson related to the history of telegraphy.

The Case Western Reserve University Department of History will co-sponsor this event. 

RSVP for the event on CampusGroups.