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Computers. My heroine in college as a baby computer programmer was Lady Ada Lovelace, often considered the first programmer because she designed algorithms for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. So, it was a real thrill for me to see some of Charles Babbage’s early machines. I’d seen drawings — I didn’t realize that there were extant examples of his work.
Rick got a kick out of seeing the first computer he worked on in a display case at a museum.
Science in the 18th Century. The King George III collection of scientific instruments was very helpful in our understanding of the scientific revolution and how it filtered out to the middle class, making the steam engine revolution possible. It became fashionable to attend scientific lectures with demonstrations, even for women. The wealthy, like King George III, collected models and instruments. Of course, they were made beautiful as well as functional for that purpose.
Measuring Time. Also fitting into our fascination with 18th century science, the clock and watch exhibit built on the experience we had at Greenwich the day before.
More photos of our trip to the Science Museum and other sites in England are in my Flickr photostream.