«Science Day» 2015

Kantonsschule Schaffhausen, May 9th 2015, 10:00 to 16:00

Tag der Naturwissenschaften

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) becomes 200 years old this year. In celebration of this anniversary there will be a big «Science Day», held at the Kantonsschule Schaffhausen on May 9th. The topics that the organizers present range from «the nature» and the natural sciences through to their application in craft and technology.

The Iron Library will take part in the «Science Day» with its own booth which will be under the motto «Magic Machines». Although we do not want to give away too much, we would like to give you a first impression of what will expect you there.


400 Years of «Magic Machines»: from Copperplates to the Digital World

Isaac de Caus: «Nouvelle invention de lever l'eau plus haut que sa source» (1657)

The magic machines in question are exactly 400 years old in 2015 – just twice as old as the Academy of Sciences. Starting point of the presentation are two books published by Salomon de Caus (1576-1626) and his brother Isaac de Caus (1560-1648) in 1615 and 1657. In these books, Salomon and Isaac construct a universe made up from various machines and automatons.

The Iron Library is one of the few libraries in the world that has original editions of the above mentioned books by Salomon and Isaac de Caus in its holdings. On «Science Day» we will exhibit the books and at the same time move the included copperplates into the digital age. Rüdiger Mach, an engineer from Karlsruhe, has developed digital 3D models and animations from Salomon de Caus’ copperplates. These animations not only breathe life into the machines, but also make their functionality understandable.

Let yourself be surprised – you will be amazed!


The following trailer offers a foretaste


«Magic machines made in Schaffhausen»

Maschinenfabrik Rauschenbach

The Corporate Archives will present «Magic machines made in Schaffhausen» from the engineering works Rauschenbach, which was taken over by Georg Fischer in 1929.


Paper models for children: Follow the footsteps of Georgius Agricola!

Georgius Agricola: «De re metallica» (1556)

Younger visitors are invited to do papercraft in the footsteps of Georgius Agricola. This scholar has written one of the most important books on mining and metallurgy: "De re metallica" (1556). The famous woodcuts in this book depict mining and metallurgical machines. We offer paper models that are based on Agricola's woodcuts.