The Collection

Since the mid 1950s, the Larry Spring’s collection has occupied a unique place in Fort Bragg. Initiated in the early 1950s under the guise of Larry Spring’s Zenith Television Store, the collection took root when Larry Spring independently measured the speed of light using his television antennae repair equipment. Encouraged by the results of his experiment, Spring developed his own approach to physics that he called “Common Sense Physics’. As his experimentation deepened, he crafted models from found materials to demonstrate his findings.

Over time, Spring transformed his Zenith Television Store into a cabinet of wonders. Fragments of things became things in their own right — a tuna can became a motor, a collection of rocks became a dinner party, table tennis balls and chicken wire screens became instruments to measure electromagnetism. Each object took on a different meaning and function according to his use, and as always, became part of his do it yourself approach to learning. Upon retirement, Spring transformed his store into the Larry Spring School of Common Sense Physics where he would conduct classes in what he called his Spherical Electromagnetic Quantum.

You can visit Larry Spring’s collection in the Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics, which resides in his original storefront.

A sampling of Larry Spring’s demonstration models

A sampling of Larry Spring’s demonstration models