Universe of Instrumentation

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You can invent one great device and change the world, or you can invent a great instrument which can give birth to thousands of devices!

Instruments used to measure and detect are an indispensable companion for engineers. Not only are instruments used for testing and building, but they are embedded in almost every technology we use. From distant satellites to our pockets, we live in a universe of instrumentation.

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Use the course or watch our videos to learn about the tools that make engineering and science possible.


Our programs feature unique content gathered from a variety of sources including the original innovators themselves (modern developments) and vast archives of original documents stretching back to the 1880s. Learn more about the making of the Universe of Instrumentation Program.

For classroom activities see our Activities Page for Unit 1

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This project was brought to you in part by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.