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Physics

The foundation of the collection of objects related to physics was laid in the 17th century when object and research teaching was first introduced. Professor Johann Bernoulli , was the first teacher to brighten up his lectures with experiments, although not with a great response: it was only during the 18th century that more emphasis was placed upon the experimental side of education. However, the University did not purchase many instruments and objects so professors were forced to use their own collection.

The first purchases made by the university included various air pumps, a barometer and a thermometer. The oldest instruments in the museum date from the 18th century: a cycloid, a sextant and a copper eye. The current collection also contains objects from the fields of hydrostatics, aerostatics, equipment for tests with heat, air and (electro) magnetism.

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