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Follow In the Footsteps of Geeks


Bletchley Park Mansion

If you are interested in geek heritage a visit to Bletchley Park is a must.

Credit: Goucher College

John Graham-Cumming's book "The Geek Atlas" is a travel guide for those interested in the history of science, mathematics and technology, and lists 128 sites around the world. If I have to explain why there are 128 entries you shouldn't be reading the book.

Locations range from the Jacquard Museum in Roubaix, France, where you can see the punched-card weaving technology that inspired Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine and led to modern computers, to the Stadtfriedhof in Gottingen, Germany. Max Planck, Friedrich Wohler and David Hilbert are among the many notable scientists and mathematicians buried there.

It's primarily a guidebook, with details of the historic importance of each site accompanied by visitor details and, of course, the precise latitude and longitude of each place listed so you can plug in into your GPS tracker and make sure you're on exactly the right spot. If you don't have a GPS tracker you're probably outside the target market.

From BBC News
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