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UK Trip Day 24
SCIENCE!
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Almost finished. Day 25 was the last day.

Have some photos from the Museum Of Science. (Click on any for an enlargement.)

On the way to Huntingdon we stopped off Godmanchester. I wanted some photos of the Chinese Bridge and the flooding Great Ouse.

The Chinese Bridge

The Chinese Bridge

Too wet even for the swans.
Sheltering

We ended up at Kings Cross Station. Aaron wanted some photos of Platform 9 1/2 (i.e. half a luggage trolley embedded in a brick wall, as described in Harry Potter) so I took some of the station.
Kings Cross Station

Kings Cross Station

And after a short run by Tube, we were at the Science Museum.

Museum Of Science

It is brilliant. There are more photos on my Flickr site.
A pumping engine, early 1800s
Museum Of Science

Pumping Engine, 1791
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Steam engine, mid 1800s
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Some of the first locomotive engines
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Museum Of Science

An Iron Duke
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Museum Of Science

STEAM!
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Museum Of Science

CARS!

BMW have come a long way since the late 40s.
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"So we have a bunch of Messerschmidt cockpits left over. What do we do with them?"
Museum Of Science

PLANES!
The area where planes are displayed is so cramped, you can't get a good photo of a whole plane.
Museum Of Science

"Antoinette " is a real plane. A replica was used in Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.
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Models of planes that flew in the first few years after the Wright Brothers flew in 1901.
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SPACE!
The Apollo 10 command module
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Museum Of Science

I wish...
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SCIENCE!
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Museum Of Science

Museum Of Science

Museum Of Science

Museum Of Science

COMPUTERS!
A Jacquard Loom, using punch cards for the pattern to weave.
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A working versions of Babbage's Difference Engine. Sadly, it is not as large as the one depicted in The Adventures Of Lovelace & Babbage
Museum Of Science

Museum Of Science

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How far we have come
Museum Of Science

THINGS!
A cut-away replica of "Turtle," the first submarine-ish.
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A very early Massey Ferguson
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The Heavenly Sphere
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Sir Frederick William Herschel's Telescope, and mirror mounted on his grinding table..
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I love science museums! Even the rather inadequate one in Melbourne was amusing - at least sheramil and I had fun making fun of it. You should come to the US; we've got plenty of really magnificent science museums.

The biggest and most famous is the Smithsonian, which is a complex of museums, mostly in the Washington, DC area; the most science-oriented are the two Air & Space locations and the American History Museum. The Museum of Science in Boston is pretty spiffy, with a lot of hands-on exhibits, and the astonishing Theater of Electricity. The Franklin Museum in Philadelphia was originally founded in the spirit of that great inventor and experimenter Benjamin Franklin, who also dabbled in politics. And the American Museum of Natural History, which includes the Rose Space Center/Hayden Planetarium, is the one I know best - it's in new York City. (And that's all just within the Northeast!)

Edited at 2013-03-30 06:17 am (UTC)

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