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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 31 by Mark Frauenfelder

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MakerTINKERING WITH THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

Dan Krause’s home science museum.

By Mark Karpel

If you’re looking for Dan Krause, take the first driveway after the sun. The yellow sphere, ten feet from the road and roughly the size of a large exercise ball, is part of an orrery — a scale model of the solar system — that once stretched for two miles across neighboring fields, backyards, and conservation lands.

Drive in and you’ll find an assortment of precise scientific curiosities that spill out of his home, across the surrounding landscape, and into adjacent outbuildings. Krause has filled his property in Amherst, Mass., with handmade devices that explore his lasting love affair with physics, mathematics, astronomy, and time.

Dr. Daniel Krause, ...

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