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Great Britain
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Archimedes mosaic - Archimedes mosaig

Archimedes receiving emblems of modern science and industry
Charles Voysey
1888

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Description

Mosaic in three panels. The central panel shows a puzzled Archimedes seated with a mathematics book on his lap, with in the background books and a globe (showing America!). The left and right panel show kneeling servants offering him, respectively, a locomotive and a ship (part sail-, part steam-powered). The message is that "applied science must genuflect to pure science"; "free untrammelled enquiry", the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, is what makes technological progress possible.

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Annotation

The farthest is a science block, to whose tower Seddon added a mosaic mural by Voysey depicting a puzzled Archimedes being offered a steam engine and a sailing ship.

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Locatie (N 52°24'51" - W 4°5'20")

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Item Code: gbwa088; Photograph: 27 July 2012
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