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Brenni Paolo, 2009 – The Cabinet of Physics of the Tuscan Technical Institute. Visit guide – Polistampa, Florence.

Released at the “Firenze Scienza” initiative (November 2009-May 2010), “The Cabinet of Physics of the Tuscan Technical Institute” is a guide to the visit of the collection of instruments preserved by the Science and Technique Foundation. The guide is articulated in a section divided into sections corresponding to the different branches of physics as it was structured at the end of the nineteenth century: Hydraulic, optical, acoustic, mechanical, hydrostatic, pneumatic, meteorological, electrostatic, electricity and magnetism, electrical applications.

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Gori Guido (edited by), 2002 – Evolution of the Venetian Lorena – Polistampa, Florence.

The idea of this volume came about as a result of the discovery, at the Agrarian Cabinet of the Technical Institute “G. Salvemini-E.F. Duke of Aosta “, a collection of models of arched tools built during the nineteenth century (especially in the 1920s and 1930s) in Tuscany. These tools, built mainly on Cosimo Ridolfi’s instructions, represent an important example of scientific study applied to agricultural activities, in order to improve the production and hence the living conditions of the tuscan population.
184 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

Giatti Anna & Lotti Stefania (edited by), 2006 – The rooms of science. The collections of the Tuscan Technical Institute in Florence – Artigraf, Florence

This volume contains information on historical-scientific collections kept by the Science and Technique Foundation. Born with the purpose of presenting some of the objects that have recently been brought to the public at the premises of the Planetarium as a well thought essay of the entire heritage, the book is in fact a real guide to all the museums in the Foundation, a reality made up of so many valuable collections that embrace the field of the history of science, technology and technical-scientific teaching, and which consisted mainly in the nineteenth century, represent an important witness to the evolution of Florentine scientific culture.

Giatti Anna & Miniati Mara (edited by), 2001 – The acoustics and instruments. The collection of the Tuscan Technical Institute / Acoustics and its Instruments. The collection of the Tuscan Technical Institute – Giunti, Florence.

It is an updated catalog (the first version was published in 1986 at the end of the restoration after the flood of ’66: P. Brenni, Catalog of Instruments of the Tuscan Technical Institute, 1. Acoustica, Florence 1986) of acoustic instruments Belonging to the Collection maintained at the Florence Science and Technology Foundation.
144 pp., Numerous color and black and white photos.

Faustini Laura, Guidi Elisa & Misiti Massimo (ed.), 2001- Industrial archeology – Methods of recovery of industrial good. Acts of the convention (Prato, 16-17 June 2000) – Edifir, Florence.

Curated by the University of Florence and the Foundation of Science and Technology and published with the contribution of the Tuscany Region, the volume collects the acts of the conference Industrial Archeology – Methods of recovery and enjoyment of industrial good. The conference, held in Prato on 16 and 17 June 2000, was promoted by CICOP, the International Center for the Conservation of Architectural Heritage, and by the University of Florence as a pre-congressional session in Florence 2000. V International Restoration Conference Of Architectural Heritage (Florence, September 17-24, 2000).
198 pp., With black and white illustrations.

Brenni Paolo, 2000 – The Instruments of Physics of the Tuscan Technical Institute. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM – Le Lettere, Florence.

The volume, which is part of a collection of catalogs dedicated to important Italian collections of scientific instruments, is dedicated to the section of the electrical instruments and appliances of the Tuscan Technical Institute, which is one of the richest and most complete of the Institute’s collection.
519 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

Brenni Paolo, 1995 – The Physical Instruments of the Tuscan Technical Institute. OTTICA – Giunti, Florence.

The volume, like the previous one, is part of a collection of catalogs dedicated to important Italian collections of scientific instruments. Dedicated to the section of optical instruments, it is the result of a long restoration work and cataloging of the entire collection of the Tuscan Technical Institute. It also offers a historical introduction to optical instruments in the 19th century.
240 pp., With numerous color and black and white photos.

Gravina Francesco (edited by), 1990 – The Wonders of the Devil: Scientific Instruments from Medici to Lorena – Ponte alle Grazie, Florence.

The volume, to which several scholars have contributed, traces the history of the Tuscan Technical Institute, provides a brief description of its collections and places it in the historical-scientific and technological landscape of Tuscany and 19th-century Europe. (Sold out)

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Gori Guido & Misiti Massimo (ed.), 1986 – The Library of the Tuscan Technical Institute. 1. Old books: catalog (1482-1799) – Giuntina typography, Florence.

Catalog of ancient scientific and technical works (both Italian and European) belonging to the Library of the Tuscan Technical Institute.
162 pp., With 13 black and white illustrations.