Under the spell of accuracy – the life and work of Loránd Eötvös

Opening times and getting here

The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Saturday, please arrange an appointment with our colleagues.

Contact: kiallitas@lib.elte.hu

ELTE Univesity Library and Archives – 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.

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About the exhibition

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The aim of the exhibition is to present an exciting world of physics in an experience-oriented way. During the visit, the character of Loránd Eötvös, a scientist, teacher, photographer, writer, hiker, climber and family father comes to life. Through his family heritage and life path, the exhibited objects give an insight into the great deeds, scientific achievements, the way of thinking and everyday life of a scientist teacher. As the life of Loránd Eötvös proves, there are interesting stories, personalities and life paths behind the physical experiments, not just the different numbers and formulas.

The museum laboratory, set up in the exhibition room, creates an opportunity to get to know the personality and activities of Loránd Eötvös and the wonderful era in which he lived from a new perspective with the help of modern digital devices. The turn of the century was not only a period of great inventions, into which Eötvös also joined with his research, but also the period of continuous change. In his stereo photographs, Eötvös captured his daughters, who climbed mountain peaks of up to 4,000 meters, the Mediterranean countryside he saw on his holidays, and the now-lost streets of Budapest, as well as its newly built boulevards. With the help of the virtual reality glasses placed in the exhibition, all this can happen in front of our eyes; in augmented reality, the character of Eötvös accompanies the visitors through important places in his life.

The 19th century physics laboratory allows us to discover and try out the tools made and used by Loránd Eötvös. The animations in the exhibition room show, and the tools that can be tested, deepen the knowledge of how the Eötvös scale demonstrates the rotation of the Earth, why our planet is not spherical or flat, why gravity research was important and why his world-famous pendulum was a milestone.

Details of the exhibition and other interesting facts about Loránd Eötvös is published on the exhibition's Facebook page.

Entrance tickets

The visiting of the exhibition is free, but registration is required.

Guide fee: 400 HUF/person.

You can purchase tickets in the library only with cash payment.

Information: kiallitas@lib.elte.hu

Please contact our colleagues to arrange an appointment!