“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace — and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” While not entirely accurate, this line from the 1949 movie “The Third Man” reiterates the stereotype of Switzerland as a tidy little country known for precision watches and private banking but not known for cultural or technological advances that influenced the world. Perhaps the derring-do of the Solar Impulse will change that perception. Read More: Vail Daily column: Moving toward the sun | VailDaily.com.