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The Arithmeum in Bonn

27 May, 2015

The Author adores museums devoted to a single category, such as the Clock Museum in Vienna. The Arithmeum in Bonn is another favorite. Completely dedicated to calculating machines, the Arithmeum has an array of devices ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to 17th Century Europe to our modern day. The beautiful intricacy of the early devices, with their hand cranks and delicate metal innards, is fascinating to the math-challenged Author. Fast forward a few hundred years and we have microchips, which when viewed through a microscope look more akin to modern art that mathematics.

The Arithmeum also hosts concerts. A delightful idea, but the Author’s poor, unfortunate ears weren’t sophisticated enough for the contemporary classical music on offer the night she visited. Three contemporary Hungarian composers (Zoltán Jeney, László Vidovszky and Balázs Horváth) performed together. Thus commenced a screeching racket of the dueling sounds of flute, violin, clarinet, cello, drums, piano and Lord knows what else. Suffice to say that, although the Author embraces her Hungarian heritage, contemporary Hungarian music isn’t quite to her liking.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    28 May, 2015 6:40 am

    You have a problem! Like Don Hordis with art, you are (along with 99.999999999% of the population of earth), are tragically the education taste to appreciate modern classical music.

  2. ivasallay permalink
    28 May, 2015 4:18 pm

    I haven’t heard this music. It doesn’t sound like something I would like. I do like Liszt, but I also really liked Hungary’s 2013 entry in Eurovision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65q4sUq6XOk

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