Archive for August, 2012

Museums of Some Scientists: Einstein

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Welcome to a blog mini series we’ve named “Museums of Some Scientists.”

Usually, when we think of museums, we think of the places where we store scientific discoveries like dinosaur footprintsvaccinationsmeteorites or other glittery to not-so-glittery rocks, and ourselves.

But there are some scientists who are so famous or so important or so well-loved that people build museums to house their discoveries and artifacts from their lives.

Albert Einstein’s home in Bern, Switzerland is a museum (although at this writing it is closed due to water damage).  Among many items, you can see the desk – or at least the type of desk – that Einstein used to write on during his time at the Swiss patent office.

Einsteinhaus, Bern

Bern is very proud of its famous inhabitant.  In addition to the museum at Einstein’s house, the Bern Historical Museum has a permanent exhibition dedicated to him.

You can see Einstein’s brain at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.  But there’s surprisingly not a major Einstein museum in the US.  Einstein requested that his home in Princeton not be turned into a museum.  It was granted National Landmark status, but to this date Einstein’s and his family’s wishes have been honored, and his house is not any kind of museum.

Einstein house, Princeton

Since the house is not an option, you’d think someone in Princeton would want to lure some tourists in with a museum, yet in fact the only Einstein Museum in Princeton (and the only one in the US for that matter) is tucked into the back of a coat store.  Not quite as impressive a location as the house in Bern, but the rules of science dictate how the universe works everywhere, even in clothing stores.

 

Museums of Some Scientists: Tesla and Edison

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Welcome to a blog mini series we’ve named “Museums of Some Scientists.”

Usually, when we think of museums, we think of the places where we store scientific discoveries like dinosaur footprintsvaccinationsmeteorites or other glittery to not-so-glittery rocks, and ourselves.

But there are some scientists who are so famous or so important or so well-loved that people build museums to house their discoveries and artifacts from their lives.

Recently, we learned there is an indiegogo campaign to raise money for a Nikola Tesla museum in Shoreham, New York; not only did they raise more than $1.000,000 (go, The Oatmeal, go!) and this got us thinking about some of the other scientists who rate their own museum.

First, let’s look at the Edison’s laboratory at Menlo Park, NJ, workplace of the man who did Mr. Tesla out of LOTS AND LOTS of money – enough money so that Tesla would not have gone to his grave destitute and forlorn.

The National Park service operates the Edison museum and if you have not seen where he worked on the light bulb and the phonograph and all the other life-changing and world-changing inventions, you need to hop a train to Menlo Park, which is located in *ahem* Edison, New Jersey.

There’s also an Edison memorial tower at Menlo Park.  Not to be confused with Tesla’s tower which would have provide wireless electricity to the world, this one just memorializes Edison.

 

New Product: The Great Nudes Mug

Friday, August 24th, 2012

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On the mug are images of famous nudes across art history, tastefully clothed.

Then, once you add a steamy beverage, things get even steamier!  The clothes fade away, revealing the human form in all its glory.

Featuring 13 famous nudes from the 15th to the 20th century, this mug will thrill art lovers and voyeurs everywhere.  You can order one now here!