Magnetic Resonance: Four Centuries of Science from the Vail Collection

September 17 – December 27, 2012

With its thousands of books and pamphlets spanning four centuries, MIT’s Vail Collection is among the world’s most expansive collections of material on electricity, magnetism, animal magnetism, and lighter-than-air travel. This exhibition features 16th century classics from the collection, writings personally inscribed by famous scientists, colorful works of popular science, and other treasures.

This is the first time many of these unique materials will be viewed by the public after an extensive cataloging and conservation project, funded by Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. ‘57, has made it possible to share these once hidden gems.

Videos from the exhibit:

The Vail Collection: An Introduction

This video tells the story of how this unique collection came to MIT.

The Vail Collection: Conservation and Cataloging

This video offers a glimpse at the extensive cataloging and conservation project, funded by Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. ‘57, that made it possible to share this once hidden collection.