"Musée des Arts et Métiers #3 - Foucault?s Pendulum" Musée des Arts et Métiers Tip by tiabunna

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris: 12 reviews and 27 photos

  School group watching Foucault's Pendulum
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  • School group watching Foucault's Pendulum - Paris
      School group watching Foucault's Pendulum
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  • The bob used for the original Foucault's Pendulum. - Paris
      The bob used for the original Foucault's Pendulum.
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My interest in the Musée des Arts et Métiers also had been stirred by reading Umberto Eco?s ?Foucault?s Pendulum?, a 1988 book involving the Templars and Illuminati (among others), with nefarious nocturnal doings in this very museum. It has been described as ??the thinking person?s Da Vinci Code?, which may seem a little unkind, but it is quite a complex book.

In the former priory of Ste-Martin-des-Champs, the Museum proudly displays the elaborate pendulum bob (photo 2) used for the original Foucault?s Pendulum in 1851. Very nearby, here watched (in the main photo) by a group of schoolchildren, a replica pendulum itself traces its daily path across the panel, demonstrating the absolute of a fixed point out in space and the earth?s rotation in relation to it. I wonder how the children would react if told that in the book, on that night I mentioned, one of the main characters was hung by having the wire of the pendulum wrapped around his neck?

Address: 60 rue Réamur, 75003.
Directions: The Museum is between the Métro stations ?Arts-et-Metiers? (lines 3, 11) and ?Réamur-Sebastapol? (lines 3,4). The first is the more convenient to the entrance.
Phone: Ph 01 53 01 82 00
Website: http://www.arts-et-metiers.net

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 24, 2006
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