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David Ashton
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What a great place
David Ashton   8/25/2014 4:35:33 PM
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Thanks for that Junko.  I used to go to Paris a lot and never even knew about this place..  So another item for my ever lengthening bucket list.....

junko.yoshida
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Re: What a great place
junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 7:24:49 AM
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I know...this place is so off the radar! David, don't wait too long. You must come back to Paris!

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The pace of the technology
prabhakar_deosthali   8/26/2014 3:53:39 AM
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Junko,

You made my day today.

Just the slide show itself is so much engrossing!

Aprt from reliving the memories of my stay in Paris some 27 years back, I also relived my journey as an engineer from my college days to the present stage.

 

Two and half centuries from an adding machine to the multiplying machine - The pace looks so slow now , but those were the visionaries who brough the real industrial revolution to this world.

Compared to those original ideas , what we are doing today looks just some incremental work.

The real heros of that age are the mechanical engineers , though today they are relegated to background activity while the electronics and the IT is at the forefront.

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junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 7:30:03 AM
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@prabhakar, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the slideshow.  together. I spent a whole afternoon last Friday there, had a great time, and I enjoyed even more putting together this slideshow.

You wrote:

Two and half centuries from an adding machine to the multiplying machine - The pace looks so slow now , but those were the visionaries who brough the real industrial revolution to this world.

Compared to those original ideas , what we are doing today looks just some incremental work.

That's exactly the I way felt when I was at the museum. And I couldn't agree with you more, when you pointed out:

The real heros of that age are the mechanical engineers.

Indeed.

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Good visit idea
?-??>   8/26/2014 4:25:50 AM
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Thanks Junko for this tour of the museum. It's always good to see the history of technology.


I'll go to this one next week ~
If you know any other techbnology related museums/exhibitions in Paris, I'd be glad to know or go !

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Re: Good visit idea
Frank Wiedmann   8/26/2014 5:31:21 AM
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Two obvious ones are Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and Palais de la Découverte. And if you happen to come to Munich, Germany, be sure to visit the Deutsches Museum.

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Re: Good visit idea
junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 7:31:30 AM
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Thanks for chiming in, Frank. Definitely, Deutsches Museum is my FAVORITE!

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junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 7:33:28 AM
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I am glad you are visiting the Museum of Arts et Metier next week. Yes, it won't dissapoint you.

As Frank noted, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is also a good one. Well curated and educational.

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?-??>   8/26/2014 8:22:32 AM
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I already went to Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and Palais de la Découverte, but I might go again if there is some new tempory exhibition!

Thanks Frank and Junko for those recommendations.

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antedeluvian   8/26/2014 8:52:49 AM
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Junko

Thanks for the reccomendation- a good reason to go back to Paris- as if one needed a another one.

Perhaps I will be able to add it to the next edition of my blog Touring as an Engineer.

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junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 8:59:25 AM
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@antedeluvian, thanks for your kind words, and oh yes, definitely!

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antedeluvian   8/26/2014 9:02:50 AM
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Junko

In my blog I point to another blog by Jon Titus where he speaks about the

National Museum of Technology
Plaine St. Denis (Paris)
+33-1-53-018200
www.cnam.fr/museum/index__a.html

Started in 1794 as a place where inventors could display their perfected tools and machines, the museum's "new" objects eventually became historical items. Exhibits range from photographic equipment to golf-ball printers, barometers, thermometers, clocks, and an astrolabe once owned by Lavoisier.

The web site given is no longer valid and a google search shows up the museum you have described. Perhaps It has morphed in a new guise.

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junko.yoshida   8/26/2014 10:07:35 AM
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Wel...that's interesting. I have never heard of that before...but what would I know? I wonder if that museum might have morphed into "Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie"...

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_hm   8/26/2014 11:22:43 AM
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Junko - merci beaucoup. Very interesting place to visit.

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The slide show was wonderful..
stippu   8/26/2014 11:57:58 AM
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Thanks Junko for taking the time to photograph and captioning the pictures. It is so exhilarating and at the same time so depressing.... At that time with no computing power and hardly any resources that we currently have, they had done so much. Am sure there must have been many other inventions that might have gone unnoticed..

Well, you must be wondering why depressing.. today we have so much on this planet and there are so many things that  can be achieved with the resources ( both in terms of computing power and human intelligence) but we still have countries in Africa and some in India and  other developing nations where even drinking water an electricity and even food is hard to come by. So much of intelligence, so much of invention.. and still some people live in caves, literally.

Maybe I am just in a philosophical frame of mind but still, there is this lingering sense of depression looking at all the hard work that went in hundreds of years ago. They certainly would have wanted to world to benefit and not just one particular country or nation -- but how much has the world benefitted? Am not talking about the developed countries - am thinking about the under-developed ones where the total population exceeds that of the developed world.

No doubt tons of good things have come out of those inventions but we still have a long long road ahead.

 

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junko.yoshida   8/31/2014 6:21:42 PM
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Thanks, Sufia. Appreciate your comments here. The museum gives us the sense enormous fundamental progress science and engineering made over the last several hundreds of years. Now we are at the stage of applying much of the basic science they had learned to the real world. And in our acts of applications, we aren't making enough strides especially in the developing countries... I get that. And I, too, am frustrated.

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Please more of these stories!
Media Relations Lantiq   8/27/2014 9:54:22 AM
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That is really a supernice story which one rarely reads in technology magazines. Thanks for that.

Christoph von Schierstädt, Lantiq

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junko.yoshida   8/31/2014 3:52:49 AM
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@Christoph, thank you very much for your kind words. I am thrilled to receive such an enthusiastic comment. I had fun doing it...good to know people who read it also had some fun!

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Don't miss the Smithsonian in Washington
cookiejar   8/30/2014 3:08:55 PM
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While a foreign museum may seem more exotic, I think it would be hard to beat the Smithsonian in Washington for its history of science and engineering.

The first time I visited the Smithsonian I was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the exhibits.  I enthusiastically took them in one at a time.  I can still recall many of the exhibits 45 years later.  By about three hours in, I was starting to skip exhibits as it was apparent I wouldn't be able to take them all in, in a day.  By about hour four, I was saturated and couldn't wait to leave.  It's an experience I shared with many people I've known who have visited.  You can get too much of a good thing.  It's like trying to take a sip from a fire hydrant.  So if you  do decide to go, I'd recommend you only plan for 3 hours at  time.

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Re: Don't miss the Smithsonian in Washington
betajet   8/30/2014 3:35:03 PM
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I'll see your Smithsonian and raise you 300 000 VAC at the Deutches Museum's high-voltage show in Munich: www.deutsches-museum.de/en/exhibitions/energy/electric-power/high-voltage/

:-)

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Re: Don't miss the Smithsonian in Washington
cookiejar   8/30/2014 4:24:18 PM
With our house on top of a hill, well  protected by lightning rods, we don't have to travel to Munich to experience a house hit by lightning.  :-).

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Re: Don't miss the Deutsches Museum
Physiker   9/3/2014 11:13:28 AM
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My class spent a whole week in Munich in the Deutsches Museum.

Coincidentally the class trip happened in the first week of October, so when we got too much in the museum we relocated to the Octoberfest. But there you get too much after a few hours as well...

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junko.yoshida   8/31/2014 3:51:12 AM
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@cookiejar, totally agree. We also can't get enough of the Smithonian and we included that in our other slideshow we posted during this summer: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1323268

But I totally agree with your "three-hour max" theory. There is SO much to absorb! Thanks for your tip. 

I am actually posting my comment at Taipei airport right now...and I can tell you Taipei Palace Museum I visited yesterday. Fantastic museum, so much to see, but by hour 3, i started to skip stuff!



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