History major Brad Smalley, Dodge City senior at Fort Hays State University, will complete the requirements for the history internship at the History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma this summer.
The collections museum is a world-renowned research library for historians of science, historians, and scientists. Among the books held at the library are Galileo Galilei's Sidereus nuncius (Venice, 1610); Nicolaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus (Nuremberg, 1543); and Isaac Newton's Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (London, 1687).
This is an excellent opportunity for Smalley to work with significant historical texts in a unique setting. His duties for the summer include preparation of online exhibits with the Prometheus Project, selection of texts and research for physical exhibits, and cataloging the Niels Bohr archival collection.
Smalley first toured the collections in spring 2002 as part of a history road trip taken by members of instructor Kim Perez's History of Science course.