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What’s in a Viennese Street Name?

City Tour of Vienna

There are many fascinating maps in existence, and not all of them are old. The Research Center for Cartography at the Technical University specializes in all kinds of maps, and put out a ‘Karte der Woche’ (map of the week) for public viewing. This week’s map visualizes the streets of Vienna in an unusual but…

The Beginning and End of the Vienna Circle

Vienna City Tours

It is not news that Vienna was long a center of intellectual inquiry and scientific advancement. One of the most influential groups of thinkers emerged in the interwar period around the philosopher and physicist Moritz Schlick. This group originally called itself the Ernst Mach Society, but it quickly came to be known as the Vienna…

The TU and the Cemetery of the Condemned

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In a city with a history as long and colorful as Vienna’s, the past is never far from the present. This became clear this past Wednesday night, December 20th, when your SV Explorer happened upon a rather dramatic scene at the Technical University. The street was blocked off, police officers and firefighters milled about, and…