Issue Date: December 8, 2014
The Curiosity Cabinet Collection
Thirty years ago, chemistry professor T. Ross Kelly spotted an unusual object in a newspaper shop in Milan, Italy: a small, plastic soccer player that danced while a scaled-down ball nearby floated in an airstream. It enchanted Kelly, so he brought it back to his office at Boston College. In the intervening years, Kelly has collected about 75 different devices, gadgets, and gizmos that, like the soccer player, each illustrate a different scientific principle.
Until now, only visitors to Kelly’s office got to see the objects. Thanks to the help of two undergraduates, Jaclyn Lundberg and Omar A. Khan, anyone with an Internet connection can now get a glimpse of Kelly’s collection of scientific curiosities. Last year, Lundberg and Khan began working with Kelly to create a website of videos explaining how a number of the objects in Kelly’s office work. They hope students around the world will use the site—sites.google.com/a/bc.edu/curiosity-cabinet/—to learn about science.
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