Thursday, January 3, 2013

The world inside a Spanish globe

Object Wh.5892 in the University's Whipple Museum of the History of Science is something of an enigma. Clearly it's a globe, but lift the northern hemisphere and you enter a startling world: volcanoes erupt, a mammoth lifts its tusks, dinosaurs clash. And amid these beautiful illustrations and encyclopaedic entries, a planetarium lies ready to re-enact the revolution of the planets around the sun at the turn of a cog.


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