The terror of frogs and the birth of the novel Frankenstein

The terror of frogs and the birth of the novel Frankenstein

Many thousands of frogs fell victim to Luigi Galvani’s scientific curiosity, and all because the anatomist observed how the leg of a dissected frog began to twitch as if from nowhere. This occurrence took place in Bologna in 1780 and led to one of the most important discourses in scientific history – and to the birth of the novel Frankenstein. Read more

Bioinspired banknotes

Bioinspired banknotes

After a 20-year hiatus, an insect graces our banknotes again – this time in a particularly beautiful context: light, which is omnipresent on the new, red 20 franc notes. They feature a prism splitting a beam of light into its colour spectrum and a white screen in front of the audience at the Locarno Film Festival. There is also a large iris, depicted Read more

The construction of the Gotthard railway – the southern access route to the Gotthard tunnel

The construction of the Gotthard railway – the southern access route to the Gotthard tunnel

Those who are allowed to make drawings for the Gotthard line here in the open air in 1875 should themselves lucky! The tunnel workers toiled in the often far too stuffy pits in the north and south. The construction company Favre allows this and numerous other Read more

Spieglein, Spieglein: Das Längsprofil des Zürichsee-Thales

Spieglein, Spieglein: Das Längsprofil des Zürichsee-Thales

Auf den ersten Blick wirkt das vorliegende Werk wie die Skizze eines Panoramas, welches die Albiskette und die nördlichen Ausläufer der Schwyzer Alpen umfasst, und deren Profile als Spiegelung auf der Wasseroberfläche des Zürichsees zurückgeworfen wird. Bei genauerem Hinsehen fallen dann aber doch einige Ungereimtheiten auf. Read more