Museum of Natural History
Cromwell Rd SW, London, England * http://www.nhm.ac.uk/ * Free admission
One of the world’s greatest museums of natural history – where the main collections are divided between adjoining Life and Earth galleries. Once the former was full of dusty glass cases of butterflies and other insects, ther eare now interactive displays on themes of Human biology, Dinosaurs, and marine specimens. There is a 4–high T-Rex with animatronic movers. The Earth galleries are spectacular – covering everything from a escalator that takes one through the core of the Earth, volcanoes, to a store where you can feel different levels of Earthquakes. The Darwin Center holds some 22 million zoological exhibits. Fascinating! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Atlas and the Globe
From the Ancient Greeks comes the myth of Atlas who supported the pillars of the Universe. The image of Atlas shown supporting the globe was included in front of one of the earliest book of maps giving rise to the term ‘atlas’ we use today. Over 2,000 years ago the ancient Greek mathematician Eratosthenes measured the difference in the angle of the Sun’s rays at two locations in Egypt. By comparing the difference, he deduced that the Earth, like other planets, was a globe.