Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On the Road . . . Oxford

We were surprised to see this cemetery within a few blocks of the university campus. Oxford has been a seat of learning since 1249.

The campus buildings and grounds were so impressive; Doug and I wished that we'd had more than a few hours to explore, but our tour ended that evening. I'd love to go back for another visit!

When we entered the Museum of the History of Science, Doug immediately asked the receptionist, "If you had about 15 minutes, what would you recommend we see?"

Without hesitation, she said, "The basement!" and handed us a pamphlet, which noted exhibits on the apparatus and model for the development of penicillin in Oxford in the 1940s; the chemical developing kit used by photographer Lewis Carroll; AND - Einstein's blackboard with his chalked equations written during a lecture in Oxford in 1931.

Why did this interest us? This past March, Doug and I drove to visit his older brother Ralph, who was vacationing in The Villages, which is about an hour north of Orlando. What kept us occupied during the long drive? The 18-CD audiobook "Einstein: His Life and Universe." Yes, for 21 hours and 30 minutes, we learned everything there was to know about Einstein, including his famous equation presented at Oxford!

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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