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Taking a New Look at Historical Objects: Interdisciplinary Technology Studies Unveil Insights

In-Person and Online Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0259
In-person Ticket Holders: Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Online Ticket Holders: Zoom
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Digitally recovered library stamp from a stolen book (R.B. Toth Associates)

Registration Advisory: This program has multiple ticket options depending on your choice to attend in person at the S. Dillon Ripley Center or as an online program using Zoom.

The earliest known copy of work by Archimedes. Sir Isaac Newton’s sketch of how a rainbow is formed. Gutenberg and other early Bibles and Muslim manuscripts. All these historical objects have been digitized by Michael B. Toth and his colleagues in humanities and science.

Using powerful sensors and computers—and even a repurposed particle accelerator—and working with museums, universities, and private collectors, they mine everything from manuscripts to fossils to lacquerware panels for new information about their content and creation. Among the institutions that have asked for such advanced technical studies are the National Museum of Asian Art, national libraries, Princeton, and Stanford.

Toth is the president of R.B. Toth Associates.

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