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Oz and Science

Today on The Last Word on Nothing: I recount some of the amusing glimpses of early-20th-century science you can get from reading an early-20th-century series of children’s books. It’s a series that a lot of people don’t realize is a … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

About a year ago, a friend and I stopped by Leadville on the way back to Denver from a wedding in the western part of Colorado. We chose Leadville in part because it’s at 10,152 feet and it’s not every … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Narvik War Museum

Sometimes museums that don’t teach you anything are fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2011 visit to the natural history museum in Prague, which specialized in pretty things in glass cases. We spent hours going around, looking at beautiful fossils, minerals, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée Saint-Raymond

People have been living in Toulouse for thousands of years. To learn about the slice of that history from a bit before the year 1 to a few hundred years after, I heartily recommend a stop at the Musée Saint-Raymond, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Zeppelin Museum

A little earlier this year, I was in Switzerland for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t totally planned. Long story. Sometimes, in one’s life, one just ends up in Switzerland. (This was my sixth time there. Doesn’t that seem like … Continue reading

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Book on Gamboa

Much of what I know about the town where I went for my frog story came from the book Gamboa: A guide to its natural and cultural heritage. The book is thorough. Really thorough. It starts with the geology of … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Conestoga Edition

If you’d asked me a few weeks ago, I would have thought that a Conestoga wagon was what the settlers took out West. Well, now I know that I would have been wrong. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Computer History Museum, cont.: Babbage Difference Engine

One of the coolest things in the Computer History Museum is from the depths of the past–or what passes for it, in computer history: the first half of the 19th century. Today regular old calculators can do logarithms. Then, if … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Computer History Museum

It’s so easy to imagine the wrong kind of computer history museum. I imagine a warehouse of old computers, each with a label giving its technical specifications and production date, where aged computer users can gather to reminisce about that … Continue reading

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DotW: Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary

The Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary has been on my shelf for years. I never use it. I write about places sometimes. The other day, I opened it so I could start thinking about writing an entry on it. Having spent … Continue reading

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