Filling The Air With Music

The ‘Sarnoff speaker’ is considered the rarest and most exotichorn receiver in existence today. Considered too valuable to reproduce, thisbeautifully crafted speaker has a permanent home at the SPARK Museum ofElectrical Invention. The remarkable story of how this one-of-a-kind speakercame into existence, and how the Museum ultimately acquired it, begins atthe turn of the 20th century, with the first radio …

Newton’s Noggin

“There goes the man who writt a book neither he nor anybody else understands.”  – Cambridge University student,1688 So goes the joke that made the rounds in England’s academic circles regarding the reclusive Professor Isaac Newton (1642-1726), and his recently published book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy’ (1687), often referred to as the Principia.  The Principia is widely considered the …

Volta’s Fishy Invention

Happy birthday Alessandro Volta. Thank you for sharing your world-changing invention, and reminding us that inspiration can come from anywhere–even from a slippery, slimy, creepy, disgusting fish that can shock you senseless.

Remembering Carl Nemeth

“Carl was like our Edison lightbulb: irreplaceable.” We all miss Carl. Our hearts are broken, and proud to carry on, in a place he loved and called home.

A Proper Christmas Tradition

Of all the venerable Christmas traditions, none are more popular and relevant than the Royal Institute’s annual Christmas Lectures, a series soon to celebrate 200 years of science created especially for young adults.

Franklin’s Fowl Experiment

No turkeys were harmed in the writing of this blog post…. the same can not be said for Benjamin Franklin’s ego….

Remembering Dr. Arlie Norman

Arlie was a tireless advocate for science education not just in the classroom, but in the community as well. “Arlie wanted SPARK to play an important role in support of science education,” remembers Jenkins. “He saw us not just as a museum, but a vehicle to engage young people in the wonders of science and invention.”