This is William Mitten. He was a British pharmaceutical chemist who compiled a collection of over 50,000 plant specimens, mostly mosses, in his lifetime. He was a bryologist, someone who studies mosses.

This is William Mitten. He was a British pharmaceutical chemist who compiled a collection of over 50,000 plant specimens, mostly mosses, in his lifetime. He was a bryologist, someone who studies mosses.


The name of this old gentleman is William Mitten(1819-1906, an English pharmaceutical chemist and authority on bryophytes who has been called “the premier bryologist of the second half of the nineteenth century.” and A pharmaceutical chemist by trade, and never a professional botanist, he classified and named thousands of bryophyte specimens which came into Kew Gardens from around the vast British empire.  The reason why I choose this artifact to talk about is that I think to study a famous person who lived in hundred years ago would be more interesting than the study of paintings or tables. Because if we focus on some specific paintings or tables, the information we could earn would be something like when did these tables and paintings be created, who created these tables and pictures, where did these items be created and how did they be created. It is true that study these things would bring lots of new knowledge for us. However, if we focus on some famous person who lived hundred years ago, we are not only looking at what kind of contributions he or she made for this world but also how has his or her careful observation moved through history to today to influence the way that we think now.


Therefore, the study of paintings and tables would give us information piece by piece. While, if we pay attention to a famous person. We could have a chance to see a bigger picture of his world which would also be much helpful for us to understand this world. And even improve our personal skills like practice critical thinking, learn how to think outside of boxes and try to make the connection between what we learn from this person with what we learn from our daily lives.


Besides, there is a common argue whether is it important to digitize past knowledge or not. My answer to this question is yes because it is so important to digitize past knowledge. It stands for that prior experience always be written on the paper or published as books. The bits of knowledge which written on the journal we should digitize them to protect them because articles are easy to lose. The experience which published on books, we also need to scan them into different scientific areas. Therefore, we can be easier to find them on the way to the online library. After finish all of those different kinds of scientific artifacts, we could learn several new ideas about the past knowledge and also make a real connection between this project with our course “The past world.” By putting into details would be through looking at different types of observations which made hundred years ago, we could earn knowledge about what was happening during that time, what kind of world value they were sharing and what kind of way were they living together. Is it similar to the way as we are? Does our human society improve or not?


In addition, this particular citizen science project contributes to society in several ways. First of all, this project gives a chance to see real scientific artifacts which would arouse the interest of young people. Those individuals who feel interested about it will study of those kinds of knowledge and probably become an expert in those areas. Secondly, this particular citizen science project is protecting all of that valuable experience. This education represents the highest level of wisdom in human society during the past hundred years. And finally, this project gives public an idea that if someone could make contributions to this community, we also could do it. Hence we need to study carefully, become a useful person in this community in the future and make our lives meaningful. We need to have a sense of “One for all, all for one.” In my opinion, this is our duty and responsibility as a young adult who is going to manage this world in the next one or two decades. With this kind of sense, we are going to push ourselves to study hard, work hard, do not waste time and maybe try to become a better man.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw