Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 EDU: Micrographia in the virtual world. A museum on your desk.

Micrographia in the virtual world. 
A museum on your desk.
Micrographia is a historically significant book by Robert Hooke, detailing the then thirty-year-old Hooke's observations through various lenses. Published in January 1665, the first major publication of the Royal Society, it was the first scientific best-seller, inspiring a wide public interest in the new science of microscopy. It is also notable for coining the biological term cell.  This display is a virtual museum telling about the book.  
Arrive on the desk
  • Micrographia, the virtual museum
  • HG addess: Paste in world map next to Find. Click Find, Teleport.
  • In Kitely, paste the hop below into the Nav bar of Firestorm, Enter
  • hop://
  • Thanks to Metaverse Tours for featuring this museum world.
  • By Brian J Ford
(More after the break)

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Read the posters
Despite its limitations, the compound microscope suited Hooke as he could sketch directly what he saw. By contrast, van Leeuwenhoek's single lens microscopes were hand-held and did not accommodate this style of working so well (van Leeuwenhoek employed draftsmen to draw his more complex images).
As Curator of Experiments, Hooke was responsible for maintaining the Repository of the Royal Society, effectively a museum of artefacts acquired by the Society. It is no surprise therefore that Hooke thought about ways in which information could be structured to make it easier to recall. His interests in augmenting the human senses by means of instruments such as microscopes would, of course, also add to the volume of information that had to be managed. It is no surprise therefore that he took a close interest in publishing.
Display cabinet for a real-world exhibit
  • A build like this could serve as a draft for a physical museum.
  • Or it could serve as "Museum comes to class" for distance learners.
The Microscope
  • Hooke used a compound microscope.
  • I would like to walk the light path of a compound microscope.
  • That walk could show what is happening to the images.
Information is posted in notecards
  • To help learners, I would like to have the same information on the web.
  • A picture of the location would help learners shift between world and web 
  • The web source could use Firestorm Hops in text to link to the world
  • Firestorm Hop: paste into Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://
Take a chariot ride
  • See the points of interest
Riding the chariot 
  • The chariot is unfinished.  
  • Nothing creative is ever finished.
  • If it is finished, it is no longer creative.
Chariot tour: 17th century London
The microscope and the villains 
  • In a virtual world you could build a 3D flea.
  • It could have as much detail as needed.
  • Learners could walk into it, examine it inside out.
Yersinia timeline
  • Firestorm Hop: paste into Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://
Printing in 17th Century
  • Firestorm Hop: paste into Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://
Plague Alley, timeline of the Great Plague
  • Firestorm Hop: paste into Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://
The Great Fire of London
  • Firestorm Hop: paste into Nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://



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      1 comment:

      1. In terms of the technology itself, you can’t wear the headsets for very long or you will start to get a headache (or even motion sickness). The standard advice is that you should take the headset off every 10 minutes, but this won’t lead to consumers investing much into the app experience. 

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