Post by Julian Bradfield
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Post by Jack Campin Post by David McKenzie
I had a wee wander round the JCMB the other day to see if I could see
anything familiar compared to when I was a student there in the 80s. I
see the computer terminal room (number 3210) is still there, but there
are fewer Hazeltine Esprits and BBC Micros there these days.
One thing I was sorry to see had disappeared was the wee museum on the
first floor. A museum of old electronic communications hardware, I think
it was. Does anyone know what happened to it? Has it been rehomed
somewhere else, or is it just plain gone?
That stuff belonged to Computer Science, and since Computer Science
(as it was) is no longer in JCMB, it's not surprising the CS exhibit
went away too. I don't know what we did with it, but I can find out if
anybody wants to know.
I think there are two separate things here. There was the CS display in
front of the lifts on level 2, including a comparison of disk
drives/platters. There was also an EE(?) museum of communications at
the head of the stairs on level 3. I don't know what happened to either
of those, but a colleague has a random collection of old comms kit (BT
patch panel, acoustic coupler, Webster Multigate etc etc) in his office,
and various people have some of the old 36"-ish EMAS fixed disk platters
around the place, like one of the ones in the CS display, the one that
had iron filings scattered on it so you could see the individual tracks.
Post by Julian Bradfield Post by Jack Campin
The JCMB seems prone to bouts of iconoclasm. There was a professor
in the maths department who made a bunch of *knitted* topological
models. There was nothing else like them on the planet, and how
much space can a few woolly manifolds take up? - but they dumped
Try switching off your Private Eye Piloti paranoia.
Firstly, topological knitting is (relatively) a popular activity
through the mathematical world - you can find someone who does it in
most major countries, and if you want to do it yourself, there are
plenty of patterns online.
Secondly, the Edinburgh collection of topological knitting (still
being supplemented by my friend Julia Collins and others) is now part
of the outreach kit, and spends its time going round schools, summer
schools, public lectures, and other places where it might actually
enthuse people about mathematics, rather than merely amuse people who
are already doing it.
Hooray! The JCMB does have a simulation of a Menger sponge on display
at the moment. The second photo here is taken from eye level at the
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