Change Author / Owner : Physical Science Exhibit, A & I Building
The Physical Science Exhibit opened in 1959 in the Arts and Industries Building. The exhibit is a recreation of Henry Fitz's workshop, this country's first commercial telescope maker. The exhibit represents the shop of a 19th-century instrument maker. In it may be seen the crude foot-powered lens grinder and polisher, the simple testing apparatus, and a number of telescopes under construction. An animated figure in the background, working patiently at polishing a lens, helps to illustrate the methods by which Yankee ingenuity has contributed to science as well as to the invention of gadgets.