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

The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive [Kindle Edition]

John Graham-Cumming
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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.

About the Author

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:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8084 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (21 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYEN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy two copies 7 Jun 2009
Every time I put this down someone else picks it up and I have to fight the bugger for it. So do yourself a favour and buy two. Very indepth on 128 (like it, 128 - get it?) places that have a technical history in our world. No one 'place' more than 3 or four pages (I think?) so good for quick knowledge and plenty of leads should you want to go in deeper on the net maybe.

Great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 12 Sep 2009
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As a career scientist I have always been fascinated by important discoveries, inventions and places where significant scientific work took place.

Travel guides may mention such places if they happen to be in the vicinity of other well known (non-scientific) sites, monuments, buildings, etc, but other than that it can difficult to find information about just places of scientific importance.

Imagine my delight when the 'Geek Atlas' appeared only listing sites around the world of special scientific interest, whats more giving a scientific rationale of the importance of the discovery or place and a description of the scientific principle involved.

Although the book details the top 128 sites around the world in the opinion of the author I would say that over three quarters of these would be included in any 'geeks' list of top scientific locations. For this reason the Geek Atlas is in my opinion an absolute jewel. It is well structured, well written, amazingly interesting and incredibly educating.

The bottom line is that if you travel and are interested in science and technology I just can't recommend this book strongly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep your hands off my copy!! 13 Jun 2009
Just like the previous reviewer I wish I'd bought two copies of this superb book. My wife and I keep grabbing our copy and every time we find something fascinating to dip into. OK it's a travel book but it's equally a neat source, in digestible chunks, of all sorts of fascinating science, technology and maths information.
The book contains "sidebars" of background material developing in some depth a scientific fact/piece of information with relevance to the recommended location.
I'd recommend this book not only to "geeks" but to anyone like me with even a passing interest in the world of science and technology. You don't even need to be a dedicated traveller to get satisfaction from The Geek Atlas - it's a GREAT read as a book - not just a travel book. Highly recommended.
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