2005 Mathematics May Seminar



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The Science Museum


  • Admission: Free Entry

  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm daily

  • Phone: +44 (0)870 870 4868




  • Exhibits (A sampling)

    • The Launch Pad-Hands-on activities that demonstrate basic scientific principles. Basement

    • Exploration of Space Exhibit-Apollo 10 space capsule and recreation of a moon-base. Ground Level

    • Land Transport-Trains, cars, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, trolleys, carriages, etc. World’s oldest locomotive “Puffing Billy” (1813). Ground Level

    • Mathematics-Floor 2

    • Flight Gallery-Early Airplanes and a flight simulation lab. Floor 3

    • Science and Art of Medicine-Describes the use of medicine throughout time and cultures. Also has several early medical instruments. Floor 5



The Royal Observatory


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        ounded in 1675 by Charles II




      • John Flamsteed became Charles’s Astronomer Royal

      • Observatory was built to improve navigation at sea by creating an accurate measure of time

      • Since 1833 the red time ball has dropped everyday at 1300 hours (1:00pm) to allow ships to accurately set their clocks

      • Prime Meridian also located at the Observatory

    • Prime meridian line (00’0”) divides the eastern and western hemispheres

    • In 1884 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the universal measurement of standard time for the world





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