The City Daily Photo theme for March is “Cafe Chairs”. In addition to yesterday’s Auckland shot, these images hark back to an all too brief visit to Paris last year.
All three photos were taken on early morning sorties, and only later did I realise that obviously I had a bias for the furniture (and people) at the Cafe Beaubourg in the Rue Saint Merri, next to the Centre Pompidou. As I searched the web, I found that this is also the home of the Café Beaubourg Institute of Mathematical Physics. It is probably a fair assumption that the institute was not in session at those times.
From their website:
The Café Beaubourg Institute of Mathematical Physics promotes the advancement of our understanding of the Physical World.
Intellectual rigor, freedom of thought, and humanity are among the most respected values of the Institute.
By “Physical World” we understand the current subjects of Physics, but also human history, psychology, economy, sociology and geopolitics. We like Quantum Mechanics, but adopt a “wait and see” attitude. We like Big-Bang theory of the universe, but believe that there are infinitely many more layers in the physical Universe that our current models integrate. We perceive Mathematics as an (unavoidable) extension of the human natural language.
Better than in the “office” ambiance of present-day university laboratories, we prefer to engage scientific discussions in the warm atmosphere of a Parisian Café, our main headquarters being at Café Beaubourg.