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The Geek Atlas

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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 Newt ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 3rd 2009 by O'Reilly Media (first published May 21st 2009)
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Jeremy
Aug 10, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it
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The Geek Atlas strives to highlight sites where you can connect with science and technology. I think it mostly succeeds. Each chapter treats one site, explaining its significance, and includes a sidebar that discusses a scientific principle connected with the site.

For example, the chapter on the museum holding the Spruce Goose talks about the museum and the plane. The sidebar discusses the ground effect. Ground effect increases the lift of a wing flying near the ground, and some experts have arg
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Soh Kam Yung
A fascinating book to read from front to back or to thumb through. Organised into 128 chapters, the book features museums, cemeteries, historical sites, etc. that would be of interest not just to geeks, but to people who what to know the technological, scientific or mathematical histories behind the places featured in this book.

Each chapter is only a few pages long, yet gives enough fascinating details to make you want to visit the site. A sidebox is also provided with each chapter, giving a mor
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Lupine
Nov 09, 2012 Lupine rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, adult, non-fiction
What a cool book! Chock full of science and technology destinations and museums around the world plus additional background information and explanations about the science and scientists behind them. This is a book I know my dad would have appreciated and I know more than one self-professed geek/science nerd that will find this book fascinating.

One small quibble: I was surprised that Seattle's Museum of Flight was not on the list. Hmmm...

Anyway, buy it for your favorite science geek.
Vivienne
Feb 03, 2011 Vivienne rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book, though a little too hit-and-miss for me to earn the top 5-star rating. That's partly a personal thing. Each reader will take different things from the book, depending on what science-y things they're most interested in, which countries they might be most likely to visit etc. But it was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and I recommend it highly.
Deborah
Jul 17, 2011 Deborah rated it liked it
Not finishing this one, marking it as reference. It was actually too geeky for me. Too much science, not enough travel. In most cases I think it would be more useful to check the appropriate sections when planning a trip after the destination is selected than to use it in selecting destinations.
David Schwan
Aug 10, 2011 David Schwan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, plenty of places I had know idea you could visit. My only complaint is that it is very Europe and UK centric. Certainly has places I've been and ones that I want to go to. This book collected lot's of information that would have been hard to find on it's own.
Patty
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A terrific reference for travel geeks interested in science, math and history.
Bill Ward
Oct 27, 2009 Bill Ward marked it as to-read
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This sounds really cool. I'll have to get my hands on a copy.
Holly
Aug 01, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
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As a geek and a traveler, I would love to visit all these sites.
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