This week, you will participate in two discussion questions;

This week, you will participate in two discussion questions; in the first thread, we will take a close look at the interaction of science and culture be studying about and discussing the role of museums. You may have visited art museums and natural history museums; but, have you visited science museums? If so, what were your expectations, what did you learn, were your expectations met? Did any of the displays confirm or contradict how you understood the role of any one experiment or any one technology? For your participation in our first thread, it may be helpful to compare your reactions and experiences with that which people in the Enlightenment might have had when they visited the first museums.The Royal Institute of Great Britain (www.rigb.org), founded in 1799, is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, scientific research institutions in the world. Interestingly, part of its original mission was the dissemination of scientific knowledge to the public, a mission that was occasionally challenged by smaller museums catering to a broader audience. Reflecting upon the course text and the article by Rhys Morus, evaluate the cultural importance of scientific display during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. What does this tell us about science’s cultural, social, and experimental “place” within European culture? What does this tell us about scientific practice? How is this different from the role of science today? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references.