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Website of the Week — IEEE Virtual Museum


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations.

This week, we power up at an online, interactive museum on the history of electrical technologies, from telephones to lasers to computers.

GESELOWITZ: "And the IEEE Virtual Museum is a website where the public can go to explore the histories of these technologies, learn something about the people who invented them, learn about their impact on society, and so forth."

Michael Geselowitz of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers says that for more than 100 years, engineers and scientists have been developing more and more clever technologies to use electricity.

GESELOWITZ: "And that exhibit, which is our most popular exhibit, is a general outline of the whole history of electrical science and engineering. Then we have, over time, we've built additional exhibits focusing on specific aspects. So for example, the next most popular exhibit is our one on microwaves."

Some other exhibits in the IEEE Virtual Museum focus on nanotechnology, on electronics and women, and on sound recording, to name just a few. And if you want to go into greater depth, the director of the IEEE History Center, Michael Geselowitz, says each exhibit has a collection of clickable links that allow you to dig deeper into the subject.

GESELOWITZ: "As you follow the story in the exhibit, you go from page to page in an exhibit, you see on the side of the page ways you can find more about something that's mentioned in the exhibit. So if the exhibit mentions Thomas Edison, you'll see a Thomas Edison link on the right, and if you click there you get a page with a picture of Thomas Edison and a brief biography."

Learn more about electricity and the electronic devices that enrich our lives at the IEEE Virtual Museum, ieee-virtual-museum.org, or get the link from our site, voanews.com.

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