Dibner Hall of the History of Science



Exhibition Overview

"Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World" highlights four areas for visitors to explore: astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. A gallery on each focuses on the changing role of science over time, particularly the astonishing leaps in imagination made by scientists over the years and the importance of written works in communicating those ideas. The newly renovated 2,800-square-foot Dibner Hall of the History of Science comes as a result of the marriage of The Huntington’s history of science materials with the Burndy Library, a 67,000-volume collection of rare books and manuscripts donated to The Huntington in 2006 by the Dibner family.




Exhibition Highlights



Digital Book Samples

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Mark Catesby
Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, 1731-43

Englishman Mark Catesby traveled to the Americas in 1722 to observe and draw animals and plants in their natural environment.
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