Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Geek Atlas reader writes from Austria

I received the following mail from one Thomas Kober from Vienna:

First of all, thank you for writing the Geek Atlas. I just returned from a journey to Paris with the Geek Atlas in my bag and I was not disappointed. With it, I probably would not have spent many exciting and cheerful hours wandering through the city and looking for more Arago Medallions.

Your book also inspired me to look for places myself, that were not in the Geek Atlas, and publish them on my blog. I already found some interesting places, eg. the grave of Urbain Le Verrier in the cemetry of Montparnasse or the statue of 16th century flemish mathematician Simon Stevin in the old town of Bruges.

I am also writing hands-on reviews of the places I visited with the Geek Atlas. I also wanted to give you some practical information I found out about them which you might consider helpful or interesting. The Observatory in Paris is closed through the whole of August (which was when I was visiting Paris, my fault as I did not check the home page beforehand).

And the Musee des Arts et Metiers is just amazing. Its one of the best museums I have ever been to and the best of all, it was for free (Its free for every EU citizen aged 25 or below). To see Pascals machines was a very special moment.

I would be happy if you find the time to visit my blog and maybe I can inspire you to visit one of the places I discovered as the Geek Atlas is inspiring me (The Simon Stevin statue will be my first post, which I will publish soon).

My next travels will be to Brno to visit the Mendel Museum and to Bratislava to perhaps discover a geeky place that you have missed :-)

Kind regards from Vienna,

Thomas Kober

PS: I rushed to the grave of Ludwig Boltzmann right on the day I bought the Geek Atlas, as although I am living in Vienna for almost 10 years, I didn't know about the equation on his grave...

I love to get mail like that. Anyone else had a great Geek Atlas experience?

Also, here's Thomas' first blog entry on the statue of Simon Stevin. Looks marvelous!

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