"The ages of science; Boston museum must keep following and also keep up" by David Filipov, Globe Staff | July 17, 2009
The museum’s partnerships with research universities and companies that employ groundbreaking science allow it to learn about breakthroughs and interpret them for the public.
Yes, please tell me how the IMMUTABLE LAWS of PHYSICS were DISOBEYED on THAT DAY and THAT DAY ALONE!
The ravages of time are visible all over the 58-year-old building. Grimy earphones, scratchy audio, blurred video, and crotchety computer graphics betray the advancing years of many of the 700 exhibits. A fascinating film about Navajo code-talkers in World War II features a statement by President Reagan. Monitors that explore extraterrestrial intelligence look terminally clunky. The development of a thunderstorm is explained with wallpaper and speakers.
WTF? WHERE has ALL THAT MONEY gone over ALL THESE YEARS?
You should be ASHAMED, Boston!
But nothing highlights the age of the Museum of Science quite like the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, a $165 million facility that opened in June, and mixes science with state-of-the-art technology in an approach that feels as much like a theme park as a museum.
There, the space exhibit lets visitors program their own narrated flight around planets, black holes, and the sun, and over the surface of Mars. The health and sports wing features an interactive board game where players make choices about how various foods, behaviors, and activities affect their life expectancy. Viewers take lessons on stretching and strength building from a flat screen video that stars a physical trainer who looks like one of the cadavers from “Body Worlds’’ come to life.
Sounds like a GREAT TIME but it ISN'T REALLY TEACHING YOU ANYTHING, is it?
Even the glass elevators are part of the experience, allowing visitors to see the mechanics of the lift as well as sweeping views of the Connecticut River. It is like the fireballing young hurler who shows up the ace of the staff and his declining skills. In science, as in baseball, age matters.
Is it just me, or do YOU ALSO find the BASEBALL ANALOGY INSULTING and UNNECESSARY?
It doesn't matter which article you read, they are ALL filled with agenda-pushing crap!
Like this conclusion to the piece.
Then again, some installations, no matter how out of date, still captivate young audiences. A hopelessly dilapidated one that teaches about the sense of smell requires visitors to sniff from unsavory-looking canisters and then match the odors with storefronts on a 1970s-style display. It does not look very inviting, but on a recent rainy day, children streamed to it, inhaling the smells, pressing the buttons, and pointing to the tired graphics with delight.
Yeah, so EVERYTHING is FINE down at the SHITHOLE, 'er, Museum of Science!!
Of course, KIDS DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER!!! They think a turd is interesting!
That's the Museum's "success," huh? Their core clients?
Ever play the Boston Globe scratch and sniff?