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Never Enough Time to View all the Science Museum has to offer
Science Museum (London)
Member Name: TheSpaceBetween2
Science Museum (London)
Advantages: Massive Variety of Information, Generally well presented and understandable guides
Disadvantages: Steam Engine section could do with improving the drawings and explanations of how they work!
I am a big fan of museums in general but particularly those that deal with either science, technology or warfare. I have a local science museum only 1 hour from where I live but its rather small and overshadowed in comparison to this beast of a place.
Earlier this year me and my mum travelled to London for a few days to see the sights, we saw Kensington
Palace, Westminster, The London Bridge, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace where we saw the Guards parade and the Diana Memorial fountain. My mum even got to see the queen! Myself being a moderate republican politely declined the chance!
My "turn" of seeing things was to go here, twice in fact. There is just so much to do that you could spend every day for a week visiting it from sunrise to dusk and you still would barely scratch the surface of all this wonderful building had to offer. I was overwhelmed by the number and size of floors when I first saw it from the inside.
The first day I was there I spent a few hours learning about James Watt, and considering most Scottish Celebrities such as Rabbie burns or Haggis are fairly naff this was actually a surprising insight into a genuine intellectual and practical titan.
Not only was he a pioneer of the first steam engine's used to produce motion but he was also an excellent physicist, chemist, craftsman, instrument designer and businessman. The fact he was so proficient in so many challenging disciplines is actually mind boggling.
I am not one for admiring people but he definitely is one to admire. Beyond being captivated by his brilliance I also learned on the second day about new schemes that are being employed to try to save water, our most precious natural resource.
I learnt about the decoders used in the first world war and the early internet as well as learning about the properties of various materials and many interesting titbits of information I have now forgotten.
I was left frustrated that I couldn't read more about the telecommunications room nor see any of the maths room. Ultimately it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and as the only payment is via donation and for the 3D shows it was also an experience that was great value for money with both of us donating a tenner.
There really are few negatives to say however one criticism would be that the explanations for the Steam engines beyond the second one become too hard to follow and latter on they give up trying to explain the science behind them all together.
It has definitely reminded me about how much our society owes to the pioneers of Chemistry, Architecture, Agriculture, Telecommunications, Sound engineers, Locomotion, Aviation, Mathematics etc without which our society would not enjoy the things we do today and life expectancies and experiences would be very much more limited and diminished compared to what they are today.
Science along with genuinely socially responsible companies can help to improve the lot of all people including the very poorest. A vist to this place is something I would thoroughly recommend though don't expect to read everything in one day!
Summary: A great place for any one both old and young alike and almost anyone can get something out of it
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