Anatolian Weights and Measures

Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection is one of the three main collection fields of Suna and Inan Kıraç Foundation. The collection includes all the foremost weights and measurement instruments used in Anatolia for nearly four thousand years since the second millennium BC, and is regarded as one on the leading collections of the field. Among the objects of the collection are weighing and measuring tools used in a variety of fields ranging from land measurement to commerce, and by various professionals including architects, moneychangers, mariners and pharmacists. The collection is a scientific resource that illustrates the systematic relations between periods and cultures, as well as transformations and continuities.

A broad selection from the collection is exhibited in chronological order, shedding light on this exciting aspect of the history of science and culture in Anatolia and offering a fresh look at the long history of commercial practices based on weights and measures used.

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Anatolian Weights and Measures

Anatolian Weights and Measures

The Anatolian weights and measures collection is comprised of over ten thousand pieces and is now one of the most remarkable collections of its kind in Turkey.

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The adventure of the Big ‘K’

The adventure of the Big ‘K’

In a bid to review the International System of Units (SI), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures gathered at the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures on November 16, 2018. Sixty member states have voted for changing four out of seven basic units of measurement. The kilogram is among the modified. Before describing the key points, let us have a closer look into the kilogram and its history.

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn was born in 1901 to a Jewish family in Pärnu, Russia (today Estonia), far from Philadelphia where he spent his whole life, worked, fell in love, and breathed his last. Kahn family emigrated to America when he was five years old. 

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.