Have you ever wondered who was behind the creation of the compact cassette tape? Or who invented windshield wipers? If so, you need to stop by Logan Library to check out our new exhibit "ENGINEERING: Dynamic Creations." The online and physical exhibit will be up April 1st - May 8th.
When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.
Lev Termin — or León Theremin, as he was known during his tours of the West — was the Russian engineer responsible for one of the earliest and strangest electronic instruments in music history. Invented during the tumultuous years of the Russian Civil War, the theremin exemplified the era of rapid technological change that was the 1920s: rather than by plucking strings or hammering keys, a theremin player would create music by waving his or her hands in thin air as the electronics processed the motion into an eerie, wavering wail.
-Jonathan Bradley at Create: Engineering Ideas Into Reality
To read the rest of this article and learn more about other musical instruments created by engineers, check out the article "Sound as ever: Five great musical instruments invented by engineers" by Jonathan Bradley at Create: Engineering Ideas Into Reality.