Physical Science in Barcelona

Antoni Roca-Rosell, Xavier Roqué

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We provide a tour of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, following four routes through the city and one elsewhere in the city and beyond, focusing on sites of importance in physics. Route 1 covers the Old Town, its Gothic Quarter, Plaça del Rei, Plaça de Sant Jaume, and Jewish Quarter. Route 2 identifies sites on and close to La Rambla, the main promenade in the city. Route 3 goes from the medieval shipyards to the Board of Commerce to Citadel Park. Route 4 concentrates on the Extension (Eixample) and covers the restored University, the Industrial University, and the new campus of the University of Barcelona. Elsewhere in the city and beyond are the Fabra Observatory; the Plaça de les Glòries with its large steel sculpture depicting the meridian arc from Dunkirk to Barcelona; Montjuïc, the site of the National Art Museum of Catalonia; and the National Museum of Science and Technology in Terrassa. © 2013 Springer Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-498
JournalPhysics in Perspective
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • Abraham bar Hiyya
  • Albert Billeter
  • Albert Einstein
  • Antoni Cibat i Arnautó
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Bernat de Granollachs
  • Catalan Academy of Humanities and Sciences
  • Catalan National Library
  • Catalan Science Archive Service
  • Catalan Society of Physics
  • Catalan Society of the History of Science and Technology
  • Eduard Fontserè i Riba
  • Esteve Terradas i Illa
  • Fabra Observatory
  • Ferran Alsina i Parallada
  • Francesc Salvà i Campillo
  • Francesc Santponç i Roca
  • Francesc Subiràs
  • George Orwell
  • Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer
  • Industrial University
  • International Exhibition of 1888
  • Jesús M. Tharrats
  • Josep Comas i Solà
  • Maritime Museum
  • Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol
  • Pierre Méchain
  • Rafael Guastavino
  • Royal Academy of Medicine
  • Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona
  • Royal Military Academy of Mathematics
  • Santiago Ramón y Cajal
  • Tables of Barcelona
  • Tomàs Cerdà
  • Universal Exhibition of 1929
  • University of Barcelona
  • history of physics and astronomy


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