Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

Monday, 4 July 2016

Art non nouveau

Most organisations have a depressing hidden storeroom, the repository for the unloved and unwanted, the graveyard for no longer used equipment. We are grateful for Neil Davey (Thermo Fisher Scientific) for alerting us to Northwestern University’s brilliant solution; redefine old apparatus as artwork. Gate B11 at Chicago O’Hare airport has an interesting exhibit. The VG VG FIM100 atom-probe field-ion microscope was originally installed by our own Carl Richardson many years ago. I await seeing the diamond encrusted Escalab MkII on show at Heathrow.

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