The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive (Google eブックス)
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2009/05/21 - 544 ページ
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.
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 armchair reading. Specific sites or museums are listed and each has a related sidebar of interesting information that generally explains a mathematical or scientific concept. The first entry I read was about the world's tallest occupied skyscraper in Taiwan that has a 660 ton pendulum between the 87th to 91st floors. It's visible to the public and its purpose is to stabilize the building during turbulent weather or earthquakes. I'll never get to go to about 98% of the places listed, but the book makes fascinating and insightful reading. ...