The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", May 28, 2009 - Computers - 523 pages
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The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. With this unique traveler's guide, you'll learn about 128 destinations around the world where discoveries in science, mathematics, or technology occurred or is happening now. Travel to Munich to see the world's largest science museum, watch Foucault's pendulum swinging in Paris, ponder a descendant of Newton's apple tree at Trinity College, Cambridge, and more.

Each site in The Geek Atlas focuses on discoveries or inventions, and includes information about the people and the science behind them. Full of interesting photos and illustrations, the book is organized geographically by country (by state within the U.S.), complete with latitudes and longitudes for GPS devices.

Destinations include:

  • Bletchley Park in the UK, where the Enigma code was broken
  • The Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, England
  • The Horn Antenna in New Jersey, where the Big Bang theory was confirmed
  • The National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland
  • The Trinity Test Site in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was exploded
  • The Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California

You won't find tedious, third-rate museums, or a tacky plaque stuck to a wall stating that "Professor X slept here." Every site in this book has real scientific, mathematical, or technological interest -- places guaranteed to make every geek's heart pound a little faster. Plan a trip with The Geek Atlas and make your own discoveries along the way.

 

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This is a wonderful book that should interest both general readers as well as those who enjoy the sciences and math. Not only could it serve as a guide for planning your next trip it makes great ... Read full review

Contents

Belgium
8
France
23
Germany
65
India
87
Italy
95
Netherlands
105
SolúcarPS10 Power StationSanlúcarla Mayor Spain
112
Switzerland
116
Museum ofthe HistoryofScienceOxfordEngland
209
NapierUniversityEdinburghScotland
212
National Museum ofComputing Bletchley England
216
National Museum ofScotlandEdinburghScotland
220
National Railway MuseumYork England
223
Natural History MuseumLondonEngland
227
PoldhuCornwallEngland
231
PorthcurnoTelegraph MuseumPorthcurno England
235

Historisches Museum BernBernSwitzerland
120
Taiwan
124
14India StreetEdinburghScotland
128
Air Defence Radar MuseumRAF NeatisheadEngland
133
AlburyChurchAlbury England
139
Alexander Fleming Laboratory MuseumLondonEngland
142
Anderton Boat Lift NorthwichEngland
145
Bletchley Park Bletchley England
148
British Airways FlightTraining Hounslow England
155
Bunhill FieldsCemeteryLondonEngland
158
Down House Downe England
162
EdwardJennerMuseumBerkeleyEngland
167
ElsecarHeritage Centre Elsecar England
168
Farnborough AirSciences MuseumFarnboroughEngland
171
Gonvilleand CaiusCollegeCambridge England
175
Goonhilly Satellite Earth StationGoonhilly England
181
GreenwichLondonEngland
185
Hovercraft MuseumLeeontheSolent England
188
Jodrell Bank ObservatoryCheshire England
191
Kelvedon Hatch NuclearBunkerKelvedon HatchEngland
195
Kempton Park Waterworks Kempton Park England
199
LacockAbbeyWiltshire England
203
Manchester ScienceWalk Manchester England
206
Royal College ofSurgeons Hunterian Museum LondonEngland
239
RoyalGunpowder MillsWaltham Abbey England
243
Sackville StreetGardens Manchester England
247
Sound Mirrors Dungeness England
251
SS Great BritainBristolEngland
257
TheAppleTreeTrinityCollegeCambridge England
259
The BrunelMuseumLondonEngland
264
The Eagle Pub Cambridge England
267
The FalkirkWheelFalkirk Scotland
271
The Hunterian MuseumGlasgowScotland
275
TheIron BridgeIronbridge England
281
The Royal Institution ofGreat BritainLondonEngland
285
The Science MuseumSwindonEngland
288
The Science MuseumLondonEngland
292
ThinktankBirminghamEngland
297
WestminsterAbbeyLondonEngland
302
Ukraine
307
U
310
TransAlaska Pipeline VisitorCenter FoxAK
315
Titan Missile MuseumSahuaritaAZ
319
Illinois
379
Miscellaneous
497
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About the author (2009)

John Graham-Cumming is a wandering programmer who's lived in the UK, California, New York and France. Along the way he's worked for a succession of technology start-ups, written the award-winning open source POPFile email program and churned out articles for publications such as The Guardian newspaper, Dr Dobbs, and Linux Magazine. His previous effort writing a book was the obscure and self-published computer manual 'GNU Make Unleashed' which saturated its target market of 100 readers. Because he has a doctorate in computer security he's deeply suspicious of people who insist on being called Dr., but doesn't mind if you refer to him as a geek. He is the proud owner of a three-letter domain name where he hosts his web site: http: //www.jgc.org.

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