The Geek Atlas

The Geek Atlas

128 Places Where Science & Technology Come Alive

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: Beijing [China] ; Farnham : O'Reilly, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780596523206
Branch Call Number: 910.2 Gr
Description: xv, 523 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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MATT MORGAN Apr 22, 2013

This is worth looking at on the shelf if you have a trip planned, just to see if there's something interesting where you're going. I can't see it as a trip planning book because very few locations are mentioned in any given area.

It's also a little perverse in its selections; it doesn't list the American Museum of Natural History, once of the great centers of science education in the world, but it lists a tiny, unknown lock museum in midtown New York. This can be a good thing if you're looking for off-beat surprises, but that should be a different book, probably.

On the other hand, it's a pretty fun book to read just for the science information. It would be fun to have on the shelf, if I had any room, just to pick up and read now and then.

Feb 17, 2010

Only one site mentioned in Canada. Most are in Britain and the USA, although there are many in Europe and Asia, as well as one in the Galapagos Is. If someone in your family is interested in science, and you will be travelling, check this book.


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