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handbook for geek travelers

The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive, by John Graham-Cumming,  was published recently, and from what I’ve seen it seems indispensable for the average, or above-average, science aficionado.

Each of the 128 chapters discusses a new place to explore that caters to the engineer, the biomedical student, or Nobel prize winner groupie.

Most of the places Graham-Cumming lists are in Europe, specifically the U.K., but he’s got one spot in Canada and Taiwan each, a few spots in Japan and Australia, and from Chapters 81 onward are spots in the U.S., so there’s something cool and nerdy going on everywhere. Most of the places listed are museums, but some places are where the real science happens, like the Parkes Radio Telescope in Parkes, Australia.

He’s also set up a map on his homepage so you can see exactly where each of these places are.

Overall a pretty cool idea for a book, and one that I hope takes off.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.