Research for Development

Scientific Knowledge Communication in Museums

Authors: Rovetta, Alberto, Rovida, Edoardo

  • Provides a basis for stimulating modern museum design
  • Examines how scientific and technical knowledge can be most effectively transmitted
  • Explores the application of network communications systems and algorithms to offer individual users the information most pertinent to them 
  • Supported by an app that permits viewing and 3D printing of objects held in museum databases
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About this book

This book explains the general principles of scientific and technical communication in the context of modern museums. It also examines, with the aid of informative case studies, the different means by which knowledge can be transmitted, including posters, objects, explanatory guidance, documentation, and catalogues. Highlighting the ever more important role of multimedia and virtual reality components in communicating understanding of and facilitating interaction with the displayed object, it explores how network communications systems and algorithms can be applied to offer individual users the information that is most pertinent to them. The book is supported by a Dynamic Museums app connected to museum databases where series of objects can be viewed via cloud computing and the Internet and printed using 3D printing technology. This book is of interest to a diverse readership, including all those who are responsible for museums’ collections, operations, and communications as well as those delivering or participating in courses on museums and their use, communication design and related topics.

About the authors

Alberto Rovetta is Professor of Innovative Design of Intelligent Robots and Autonomous Systems at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he has held other academic posts over the past four decades, including in robot mechanics. He is also Emeritus Professor for Life at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China (now known as Beihang University). During a distinguished career, Professor Rovetta has held leading positions in a variety of national and international organizations and committees, including as chairman of the International Federation for Theory of Machines and Mechanisms. In 1995 he was the chairman of the 9th World Conference of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms held in Milan. He has sat on the scientific committees of numerous international conventions and also has an extremely impressive record in design and project management. He has published more than 400 articles in Italian and international journals and holds a number of patents.

Edoardo Rovida is Professor of Machine Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His research areas include methodical design, scientific and technical communication (including the interaction between industrial products and communication and problems in engineering education), and cultural heritage in the mechanical field. He has been involved in the design and realization of various exhibitions, including those celebrating the 125th and 150th anniversaries of the Politecnico di Milano (1988, 2013) and the invention of the battery by Alessandro Volta (1999). Professor Rovida is the author of 250 papers in the aforementioned fields and the book Machines and Signs (History of Mechanism and Machine Science), first published in 2013 by Springer.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Scientific-Technical Culture and Museums

    Rovetta, Alberto (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • General Principles of Scientific-Technical Communication

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    Pages 15-36

  • General Principles About Museums and Exhibitions

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    Pages 37-54

  • Placards

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    Pages 55-73

  • Presentation of Objects

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    Pages 75-94

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68330-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68329-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Knowledge Communication in Museums
Authors
Series Title
Research for Development
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68330-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68330-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68329-4
Series ISSN
2198-7300
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 316
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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