The Oxford Museum of the History of Science

A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to take a look around the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. There were lots of interesting exhibits but here are a few that caught my eye.

First, a blackboard. A smart scientist called Albert Einstein visited Oxford. During his lecture – he used this blackboard. I was really thrilled to see Einstein’s writing.

The formula? I’m not an expert, but I believe it shows the age of the Universe. The result of which holds up pretty well.

Here’s a beautiful Marconiphone receiver.

And a Marconi transmitter!

Look at this gorgeous morse key! A ‘grasshopper’ design. Never seen anything like it.

An excellent visit! Highly recommended if you’re in the Oxford area.

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “The Oxford Museum of the History of Science”

  • Janet 2E0LLM:

    Yes, Tim G4VXE, members of ODARS, Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society supported the Museum in setting up the exhibition which displayed the acquisition of the Marconi collection, running a Special Event Station at the museum, GB4MHS. We met Marconi’s daughter and grandson too. We normally run GB4MHS on Marconi Day too. Our Chairman is a guide to the Museum.

  • jeff n1kdo:

    I visited last Summer. It was a very interesting museum. A must-see for science nerds visiting the area.

    You can look at a lot of the Marconi collection online. I particularly enjoyed seeing this piece:

    Marconi’s parabolic transmitter, ca. 1896. I guess that is the oldest “radio equipment” I have ever seen.

  • Stanley R Massey N5OET:

    Thanks for sharing your visit.
    Few weeks ago my wife and I visited Boston had nothing to do with radio but seeing how American history was started was great.

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