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Mural paintings

Caroline Bleeker produces the phase contrast microscope

What do we see here? Scientific research requires accurate instruments, such as microscopes. These instruments are often developed by scientists and instrument makers at universities. Caroline Bleeker developed the phase contrast microscope together with University of Groningen Professor and Nobel Prize winner Frits Zernike. They received a patent for their invention in 1947. The phase…

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Prof. Van ‘t Hoff studies Stereochemistry

What do we see here? This mural depicts Jacobus Henricus (Henri) van ‘t Hoff, who started the field of Stereochemistry during his PhD research in Utrecht. Stereochemistry can be described as a kind of ‘spatial chemistry’: the phenomenon that molecules that are composed of the same atoms can be structured in different ways, for example…

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Professor Buys Ballot investigates the Doppler Effect

  What do we see here? This mural painting shows physicist and meteorologist Christophorus Buys Ballot (1817-1890) who proved the existence of the Doppler Effect. You can find this painting at the Burgemeester Reigerstraat 9 in Utrecht. You can see it clearly from the train tracks near the staion Maliebaan. The Doppler Effect is a…

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Mural painting of professor Leonard Ornstein

Leonard Ornstein investigates the random walk

What do we see here? This mural painting shows the drunkard walk, an example of the random walk professor Leonard Ornstein (1880-1941) investigated. You can visit this mural at Oosterkade 30 in Utrecht. The random walk is a series of random consecutive steps an object can make. This theory is used to create models for…

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