General Description of our Spring 2007 Scientific/Historical Traveling Trip to Southwest Germany, Strasbourg, Bern, and Italy
Glen and Kitty Rodgers

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The general plan is to start in the Heidelberg area where we will visit Roentgen's grave in Geissen; the Roentgen Museum in Wurzburg; the Kekule Collection in Darmstadt; the restored pharmacy in Heppenheim where Liebig was an apothecary apprentice; some Bunsen/Kirchhoff sites, the Philosophenweg, and the Pharmacy Museum in Heidelberg; the great astronomical clock in Strasbourg that Robert Boyle had such admiration for; the rebuilt parliamentary building of the first Chemical Congress (1860) in Karlsruhe, the Atomkellermuseum in Haigerloch, and perhaps the Kepler Museum in Weil der Stadt. A full list of the scientific historical sites we are considering as places to visit in this area is given in the German Travel Sites link.

From Germany we will travel to Bern, Switzerland and visit the Einsteinhaus. The link for this site is given in the Bern Travel Sites link.

In Italy we will visit Pavia (a reproduction of the scientific cabinet of Alessandro Volta at the University); Como (many sites, including the Volta Temple, all in honor of Volta, who invented the chemical battery then called the voltaic pile); Vercilli (where Amadeo Avogadro is honored) and possibly the village of Quarenga (where Avogadro and his wife are buried); Pisa (where Galileo, according to legend, dropped a series of different massed objects from the leaning tower, where he discovered the moons of Jupiter and, it is said, he observed the swaying motion of hanging lamps). There is also in Pisa a small museum/library called the Domus Galilaeana, which is the depository for the documents of Galileio, Enrico Fermi and others.

In Florence we will visit the Museo di Storia della Scienza (Museum for the history of science) that has a room dedicated to Galileo’s instruments and a working model of an inclined plane. We may also visit the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica which houses a very large collection of 19th century scientific instruments including many related to the history of the atomic concept. Italy’s greatest monument to Galileo is also in Florence’s Church of Santa Croce. We may visit the house where Galileo was placed under house arrest in Arcetri, about 2 miles from the center of Florence.

In Rome we will visit the Physics Musuem at Citta Universitaria, which has a collection of papers and instruments related to Enrico Fermi. We may also visit the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi".

We would love to visit Palermo in Sicily where Cannizzaro was born and finally laid to rest in 1926, the centenary of his birth, in the Palermo Pantheon (i.e., the church of San Domenico). Cannizzaro was also a professor of chemistry at the University of Palermo. However, this site is too far south for us to visit on our 2007 trip.

Links for these Italian sites are given in the Italy Travel Sites page.