The origins of rock music are (partly) in Basel... Illustration by Marco Heer
The electric guitar and its Basel origins

In the early 20th century, Karl Schneider and Adolph Rickenbacker turned a conventional string instrument into an electric super device for hard sounds and the big stage.

Lenin giving a speech in Moscow in 1920.
From Zurich’s backstreets to the centre of world revolution

Lenin’s explosive ideology, which would go on to shake the world, was partly concocted in Bern and Zurich. Yet he considered his Swiss comrades social romantics and opportunists.

Fritz Zwicky looking into space using the then brand-new Schmidt telescope in 1936.
Fritz Zwicky: an overlooked Swiss genius

Fritz Zwicky from the canton of Glarus was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. The story of an overlooked genius.

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