A Side Trip To Libraryland, By Way of Harry Potter and Political Television
What wasn’t readily apparent from the Maddow segment is that the featured exhibit is a traveling exhibit of the National Library of Medicine, copies of which may be coming to a library near you. From the exhibit site:
Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.