Science & Engineering and Music & Dance Intersect

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Books from the display

The following are books in the display and can be checked out. Click on the link to go to the catalog for more information about the book.



Bonus Ebooks

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Web Sites/Pages

Items from the display cabinet

Below you will find images of items in the display case and information about them. These are items on which music has been stored over the years plus a metronome.

ItemImageDescriptionMore Information
Phonograph Cylinder phonographic cylinder
Year Invented: 1877
Materials: Tinfoil, wax, celluloid
Important Names: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell
Cylinder Recordings: A Primer
78 rpm Records 78 RPM record
Year Invented: 1898
Materials: shellac, vinyl
The history of 78 RPM recordings
LP (33 1/3 rpm) LP


Year Invented: 1948
Material: polyvinyl chloride
Important Names: Columbia Records
Other: 33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Records: LPs and 45s
Reel to Reel Tape reel-to-reel
Year Invented: 1948
Material: magnetic tape (cellulose acetate, iron oxide)
Important Names: Poulsen, Pfleumer, Allgemeine Elektrizitatsgesellschaft, BASF
The History of Magnetic Recording
8 Track Cassette 8 track
Year Invented: 1965
Material: magnetic tape in a plastic cartridge
Important Names: Bill Lear
Other: Also known as Stereo 8
The History of the 8-track Tape
Audio Cassette audio cassette
Year Invented: 1961
Material: magnetic tape in a plastic cartridge
Important Names: Philips
Also known as: compact cassette
From Poulsen to Plastic: A Survey of Recordable Magnetic Media
Compact Disc CD
Year Invented: 1980
Material: polycarbonate plastic, metal (usually aluminum, sometimes gold)
Important Names: Philips, Sony
Also known as: CD
Molecular Expressions: History of the Compact Disc
Metronome metronome

Year patented: 1815

Important names: Johann Maelzel

Info on Maelzel's patent

This display the work of:

  • Daniel S. Dotson
  • Margaret G Atkinson
  • Cheryl J. Mason-Middleton
  • Patricia A. Peterson