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Why is the Euro so bland?

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In this talk, let's take a break from economics and talk a little bit about aesthetics. The aesthetics of the euro. Why is the euro so bland? Let's take a look at some of the currencies that the euro replaced. This beautiful note from Austria features one of the founders of quantum physics, Erwin Schrödinger. Is Schrödinger's cat alive, or is Schrödinger's cat dead? Very cool. Here's a favorite of mine because it features an economist, the devastating critic of Karl Marx, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk. One of the Deutschmarks featured Carl Gauß, creator of the normal distribution. Also called the Gaussian distribution. And look, there it is, the Gaussian distribution. Isn't that awesome? And here of course, we have an Italian lira. Featuring, no surprise, beautiful women. Wonderful. Now, let's compare with the euro. Tis is the 200 € note. I don't know... is that a doorway? Totally boring. What else do we have? Here's another euro note, perhaps the most bland and boring of them all. Some kind of a buliding on the front. But this building could be anywhere. Unless it's really nowhere. Notice, however, the blandness, the boringness of the euro. This wasn't a desing bug, it was a design feature. They didn't wann put Gauß on the euro because Gauß was perceived as a German, not as a European. There was no common culture. There was no common identity. There was no common ideas which the euro in its design could express. So perhaps in aesthetics, we have a little precursor, a little prediction of some of the economic problems of the euro. :: ::

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Posted by: mmister on Apr 7, 2013

Why is the Euro so bland?

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