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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

France/Spain 2011 - Day 4, Part 4 - Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers

"There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted." - James Branch Cabell

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France/Spain 2011
Day 4 - 20th March - Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers
(Part 4)

After the Musée Rodin I headed to the Musée des Arts et Métiers for something completely different.

On the train I saw a lady reading a Japanese guidebook. What was interesting was that she was alone - Japanese usually travel either in tours or alone. I assuaged my curiosity and confirmed my suspicions. She also agreed that it was rare, and that she was just there for a vacation.

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"5 pièces inédites"
("5 new pieces")
I found it interesting how the men on ladders were striking the typically female pose of one leg kicking inthe air

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"Festival des Arts Martiaux"
("Martial Arts Festival")
Orientalism!
They also have Burmese and Cambodian martial arts.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of the Arts and Professions)

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Funky sunglasses (notice that she's in the shade, and that it was March)

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Lady Liberty and a kissing couple
This wasn't on purpose - it's because it's France

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Lady Liberty and no kissing couple

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"History of Nintendo"

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Everlasting calendar

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Sphere from Foucault's Pendulum, which demonstrated the Earth's rotation


Spanish Kids looking at Foucault's Pendulum (replica)
The original 28kg sphere (in the glass) was damaged on 6 April 2010 when its cable snapped, and was replaced by a copy

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On Léon Foucault

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Hall of Transportation (not the real name)
An alternative name would be: "When France was at the cutting edge of transportation technology"
The middle one should be the Blériot plane, used for the first Channel crossing in 1909

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Diesel Engine, 1892

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Vulcain Motor (used on European rockets)
I was surprised to find something less than 60 years old here (i.e. post war). They also had a car with "Europcar", "Renault Elf", "Prost" and "Michelin" on it, but there was no information panel.

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Statue of Liberty, 1875

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Monoplane

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Biplane

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Hélica Propeller Car, 1921

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Benz Car, 1898
The Franco-German motor - moving Europe forward!

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Gallery from the top

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On the planes

The rest of the museum wasn't quite as interesting. For example:

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A gallery only an engineer could love
Strangely there were a lot of kids and they seemed quite engaged. Or at least not less so than in a normal museum. Perhaps it's all the same to them?

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The Batwing - Clément Ader, 1893-1897

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Engines. At least they are somewhat sexy. Plaques are left to right.
I was amused that "Injection Directe Haute Pression" got abbreviated "HDI" (the English acronym)

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I don't know what the hell these are. Well, they are "pneumatic rodless cylinders", but that doesn't really answer the question (the panel refers to the 2 in the foreground in silver).

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???
Hollow spheres, interlocking spheres etc

There were also fluorescent lamps, a model of an oil refinery and a model of a nuclear plant.

There were also some old batteries and things like that - chemistry is more interesting than physics, after all. Or perhaps it was because, after a room with gears, everything else was interesting.

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Delafon cell, 1889

Unfortunately they didn't have any of Galvani's frogs.

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Silver Chloride cell (Warren de la Rue and Müller), c. 1860

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2 more cells

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Electrolysis device, 1828

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Electrolysis device, 1828
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