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La montagne, laboratoire des savants


physical venue

The mountain, a laboratory for scientists - What attracts a scientist to the special world of the mountains? Why attempt to climb the highest peaks when you are a scientist? What measurements and experiments can be done there?
Une illustration de savants du 18e siècle en pleine expédition en montagne

The exhibition explores the link, woven since the 18th century, particularly since Geneva, between the mountain and the human being, to better apprehend and understand the mechanisms that govern our world.

This taming of a hostile and dangerous world was based on observations and accounts of pioneers as early as the 17th century, but it was the Age of Enlightenment that opened the doors to the exploration of "glaciers" and high altitudes, and more particularly of the highest European summit, Mont Blanc.

The world of mountains became fashionable. Everyone was interested in collecting rocks, crystals and other curiosities, even trying to follow in the footsteps of the scholar Horace Bénédict de Saussure, sometimes forgetting his scientific purpose to focus on the sporting feat.

The measurements taken have become classics of science and have contributed to the development of explanatory models for various phenomena, from the study of mountain folding to the understanding of the physics of the atmosphere. This adventure of more than two centuries still continues today, the alpine ecosystem remaining a precious laboratory for understanding climate change.

Bilingual exhibition in French and English.

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Dates and times
From 6 April 2022 to 23 April 2023
Dates details
Upcoming dates:
Thursday 9 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 13 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 15 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 16 February 2023 10:00 - 17:00
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Audiences General public

Musée d'histoire des sciences

Rue de Lausanne 128
1202 Genève
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Accessibility of the site

Non accessible en fauteuil roulant

Non accessible en fauteuil roulant

Toilettes non accessibles en fauteuil roulant

Toilettes non accessibles en fauteuil roulant

An event organised by Muséum de Genève
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Article modifié le 31.01.2023 à 09:45