The UB Libraries’ Science & Engineering Information Center and Map Collection have created an exhibit on “Science in the Time of Shakespeare,” an exploration of scientific discovery and scientific thinking in the Age of Shakespeare. It can be viewed in the lobby of Lockwood Library and continues on the lower level of the library (take the inside staircase to the left, one floor down).
The exhibit explores astronomy, alchemy, cartography, maps, and map-making, and profiles some of the major figures of the time, including Francis Bacon, who developed the scientific method, and the brilliant mathematician-astronomer Thomas Digges who championed the Copernican model of the universe, as well as early English navigators and explorers. Learn about Europe’s “Little Ice Age” and its connection to “Frost Fairs,” which took place on a frozen River Thames during this centuries-long cold spell.
The exhibit was researched, written and curated by Nancy Schiller, Fred Stoss, and David Bertuca. Exhibit design by Kimberly Wagner. Image by Caitlin Russell, used with permission.
Other exhibits in the UB Libraries that are part of the Western New York-wide celebration of “400 Years Since Shakespeare” include:
• Special Collections: The Rare & Special Books Collection holds Thomas Lockwood’s 17th century folio editions of Shakespeare’s works (1623). These rare Folios can be viewed by appointment only from April 19 through April 29, 2016 in Special Collections. Call 645-2918 for a reservation.
• Music Library: “If music be the food of love: Shakespeare in the Music Library” from April 18, 2016 through May 31, 2016. Music provides a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives through which scholars can view the works and influences of William Shakespeare. This exhibit highlights some of the most significant topics with examples from the holdings of the Music Library.
• Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection: A selection of books from the 17th to the 20th century are on display that focus on subjects such as life and death in Shakespeare’s London, Shakespeare and the influence of his physician son-in-law, Mr. John Hall, and William Shakespeare’s knowledge of medical and surgical practices and beliefs of that era. Surgical tools, representative of those used in Shakespeare’s England, are also on display.
• Charles B. Sears Law Library: “Canst thou Spot the Issues?” On the Bard’s 400th Deathiversary, we ask, “What if Shakespeare’s plays were thy final exams? Wouldst thou pass?” An issue spotter law exam based on select plays of William Shakespeare is on display from April 18 through May 6, 2016 on the 2nd floor of the Law Library. In the words of the great Bard, “If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.”
• Lockwood Memorial Library: Browse through an array of books of all genres related to Shakespeare – from plays to retellings to fiction to criticism from April 18 through June 10, 2016.
• UB Libraries Multimedia Collection: The Multimedia Collection in Silverman Library will showcase a selection of Shakespeare-related videos, including plays, documentaries, and adaptations from April 18 through June 10, 2016.