“Aux grands hommes la patrie reconnaissante”
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”
My ultimate adventure in Paris is almost at its end. Honestly, I am glad. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of writing about Paris. Despite the beauty of Paris, I have definitely reached my limit. Thus, I am pleased to announce that this is my last post of my travels in Paris. I also want to apologise for the lateness of this post. My life is currently in the midst of changes.
My Paris travels ends with the spectacular Panthéon. A beautiful mausoleum in the heart of Paris, built-in the year 1790. Many famous writers are buried here, including Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.
Why did I visit? Firstly, my love for Victor Hugo. My favourite novel is indeed Les Misérables. Aside from this, I love architecture. Especially large buildings that immerses you in history. It still fascinates me how a 200-year-old building is still standing, despite all the stupidity of wars that happened around it.
Nonetheless, there was something more that captivated me. The Foucault Pendulum. A brilliant device that demonstrates the earth’s rotation. Simply put, the Foucault Pendulum is a very long pendulum, similar to a grandfather’s clock; thus it swings back and forth. But due to the rotation of the earth, the pendulum also rotates with time; making a full circle within 24 hours. The interesting part of this experiment, is that there is no force that drives the pendulum round in a circle. It is literally only swinging back and forth in a straight line. The pendulum only rotates due to the earth spinning. Fascinating, right? A genius design, discovered by a french physicist, Léon Foucault. It’s incredible how a man’s brain can come up with these ideas. If only I loved science more during my school days.
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