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The Muse of Science sits beneath a starlit sky with a telescope at her side-a reminder that science depends upon direct observation. Likewise, the protractor at her feet and the pen or stylus in her hand may call attention to the importance of measurement and record keeping in the sciences. The muse's hand upon the globe indicates, according to more traditional allegories, a desire to master all available knowledge concerning the earth and the universe.

Source: Michigan History Magazine (January/February 1999)