On 11 September I decided to wander around Ueno and look at some of the smaller museums. I (finally) remembered to bring my camera with me – I kept forgetting to throw it in my bag when I’d head out. I ended up using at one of the museums I went to, but I’ve misplaced the adaptor so I’ll skip that museum for now and talk about the best exhibit I could’ve stumbled upon!
The Books that Changed the World at The Ueno Royal Museum
I was really excited when I saw a big banner for this exhibit, plus it was free admission!
There were 2 main areas, the first was the Wall of Wisdom, which was a room of architecture related books.
Books that Changed the World
Hallway to The Forest of Wisdom
Hallway to The Forest of Wisdom
This exhibit was SO busy. It was hard to take time to take a good look at anything, and it was difficult to get pictures. I tried to get pictures of everything on exhibit, but it was often hard to stop and try to figure out the best angle to capture these documents without holding up the line. I used my phone for this museum because it seemed easier than keeping my camera out.
Here are some of the displays from the Wall of Wisdom.
Handwritten notes by Albert Einstein
Antichina Romane Giovanni Batista Piranesi
Handwritten letter Alexander Graham Bell
Regola delli cinque ordini d’architettura Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola
M. Vitruvius per Iocundum solito castigatior factus cum figuris et tabula vt iam legi et intelligi possit
Handwritten designation memorandum Thomas Alva Edison
U.S. Aviation Association contest certificate Handwritten Signature Orville Wright
Signature Marie Curie
The second part of the exhibit was called the Forest of Wisdom and it was broken into 13 smaller sections: Transmission of Ancient Knowledge, Newtonian Space, Analytical Geometry, Weight & Force, Light, Substances & Elements, Electricity & Magnetism, Radio & Telephone, Flight, Electromagnetic Fields, Atoms & Nuclei, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Einstein Universe. I think in this section I took pictures of everything, but I won’t post them all here – I’ll pick the ones I found most interesting.
Organon opera omnia graece Aristotle
Etymologiae Isidore of Seville
Tetragonismus id est circuli quadratura Archimedes
Preclarissimus liber elementorum Euclidis perspicacissimi Euclid
Arithmetica boetij Boethius
Philosophi mathematicique excellentissimi opera Apollonius of Perga
Epytoma in almagestum Joannes Regiomontanus
Sidereus nuncius Galileo Galilei
Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo tolemaico e copernicano Galileo Galilei
Astronomia nova Johannes Kepler
De beghinselen der weeghconst Simon Stevin
Ad Vitellionem paralipomena, quibus astronomiæ pars optica traditvr Johannes Kepler
Micrographia Robert Hooke
Opticks Isaac Newton
A course of lectures on natural philosophy and mechanical arts Thomas Young
Zur farbenlehre Johann W. von Goethe
Prodromo, overo saggio di alcune inventioni nuove premesso all’arte maestra Francesco Lana Terzi
Der Vogelflug als Grundlage der Fliegekunst Otto Lilienthal
Some aeronautical experiments Wilbur Wright
Liber de arte distillandi de simplicibus Hieronymus Brunschwig
De distillatione libri ix Giambattista Della Porta
Experiments and observations made on electricity at Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin
Dynamo-electric machine Thomas Alva Edison
De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari Luigi Galvani
Recherches sur les substances radioactives Marie Curie
The effects of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey
I also realize that most of my pictures are slightly blurry – that’s no fun to look at! I did plan to go back before the exhibit finished, but I started working and never got a chance to go back. Sorry, the pictures aren’t that great!
Hopefully, I’ll find the adaptor for my memory card and can upload more pictures from the other museum!
EDIT: Someone got REAL excited about going to the grocery store and forgot to post the last pictures from the museum. So here you go!
There was a bonus part at the end called Special Exhibits for Tokyo. Here are some of the books on display.
Flores astrologiae Abu Ma’shar
Historiae naturalis libri XXXVII Pliny the Elder
Machinæ coelestis pars prior Johannes Hevelius
Traités de l’équilibre des liqueurs et de la pesanteur de la masse de l’air Blaise Pascal
De l’attaque et de la defense des places Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban
On the origin of species Charles Darwin
Versuche über pflanzen-hybriden Gregor Johan Mendel
On the antibacterial action of cultures of a Penicillium Alexander Fleming
Molecular structure of nucleic acids James D. Watson
Apollo first steps on the moon, Apollo 11 mission commentary NASA
And this was on display on the way out of the exhibit.
Exiting the exhibit