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Science museums, monuments and tours in europe

  1. Jul 17, 2013 #1
    Hello everyone,

    My first post, will be asking a of some travelling advise.

    I want to spend a week in some country of Europe, but not just any country, I would love to hear if anyone knows of a country (and of course a city) where you can really explore physics in general, either by going to exciting museums or just in the city's history. Events, museums, monuments and so on.

    Anyone who knows just the place? :)

    Cheers,
    Fabric
     
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  3. Jul 17, 2013 #2

    Astronuc

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  4. Jul 17, 2013 #3

    jtbell

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    A few physics-related places that I've visited in Germany and Switzerland:

    The Optical Museum in Jena.

    The Deutsches Museum in Munich (all sorts of science and technology).

    Röntgen's laboratory at the University of Würzburg where he discovered X-rays (actually it happened to be closed when I was in town, but I walked past the building).

    The Einstein House in Bern, where he wrote his first relativity paper while working at the patent office.
     
  5. Jul 17, 2013 #4

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    That's an interesting question and I think it would be a great idea to create some pinned thread with
    a description of all kinds of interesting scientific sites ordered by country.


    I agree with jtbell that the "Deutsches Museum" in Munich is a must:
    http://www.deutsches-museum.de/index.php?id=1&L=1

    CERN in Geneva (Switzerland) is also like Mecca.

    Maybe Goettingen in Germany:
    http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/doc...hysical Instruments_GoorgAugustUniversity.pdf

    I am sure there is lots of stuff from the Newton era in UK.

    When I was going to Paris last time I was quite disappointed that I there seem to be but few scientific museums despite great scientists like Lavoisier to Curie.
     
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  9. Jul 18, 2013 #8

    jtbell

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    Newton of course is buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

    Here's Ludwig Boltzmann's gravestone in the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna, with his definition of entropy:

    450px-Zentralfriedhof_Vienna_-_Boltzmann.JPG
     
  10. Jul 19, 2013 #9

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  11. Jul 19, 2013 #10

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    Including his finger. :tongue:
     
  12. Jul 20, 2013 #11
    Thanks for all the great answers, will be sure to check it out :)
     
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