Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What These Walls Have Heard....

If you've been invited to attend a lecture at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, chances are that you will meet in a room quite different from typical science lecture halls. Where today the ornate rococo walls of the academy's Festsaal, might reverberate with ideas about DNA or geographic information science, the academy's meeting rooms were also the setting for the premier of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as well as Haydn's The Creation.

The room's enormous crystal chandeliers are inspiring by themselves. Technically, I'm not sure if they should be called chandeliers as they are not suspended from the ceiling but perch atop massive marble and crystal bases.

A large fresco clings to the ceiling. Do you find inspiration for scientific breakthroughs in this room?

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