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What do pieces of coral, unicorn horns, clocks, and paintings have in common? To collectors hundreds of years ago, they were part of the recipe for Wunderkammern— “curiosity cabinets” filled with objects of wonder. January’s issue of MUSE is a curiosity cabinet stuffed full of fascinating articles about every kind of collection imaginable. Check out how modern day museums have created their own Wunderkammern, including collections of bugs, junk, and even the fossils of giant extinct animals! Read a moving description of the memorabilia left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, meet a professional treasure hunter, and learn how collecting can turn into hoarding. But not all collections can be touched and held. Discover how experts collect knowledge, from wrangling elements into a neatly organized periodic table to cataloguing dying languages. This month’s MUSE also includes fantastic fiction from readers, in addition to these articles:
Reinventing Wonder by Lela Nargi
The Bone Collection by Charles C. Hofer
What They Left Behind by Kate Wagner
The Case of the Disappearing Words by Alice Andre-Clark
Found in Translation by Lee Gjertsen Malone
Regular features include: Parallel U, Muse Mail, Muse News, Science @ Work, Photo Op, Q&A, Do the Math, Hands-on, Contest, Your Tech, and Last Slice.
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