Travel to London in 2021

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James Butler (Physics)
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Shereen Khoja (Comp Sci)
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SCI 255 Science & History of Infomation 
We are living in the Information Age—a time in which information is a driving force in human experience. Everything from human languages to computer data to DNA to scientific models of the universe are based on the encoding and transmission of information. In England, students will visit places, see artifacts, and learn from people central to the history and science of information—from Stonehenge to King’s College to Bletchley Park. Through firsthand experiences, students will gain insights into the historical development of the concept of information and the ability to explain its role in current scientific and technological frameworks.



Early arrivers at the London airport will be met by one of the instructors and guided to room at PubLove The White Ferry.
Tue 1/5/2021
All others arrive in London at the airport, are met by instructor(s) and guided to room at PubLove The White Ferry.

Introductory dinner in London.
Wed 1/6/2021
We will visit the British Library to see some of the oldest known examples of English writing including the Nowell codex (Beowulf). 

Free time in London in the afternoon (meals on your own) .
Thu 1/7/2021
Depart London from Victoria Station

We will take a tour to Stonehenge and Bath including entry to the Baths.

Dinner in Bath.
Fri 1/8/2021
Depart London from Victoria Coach Station.
Arrive in Oxford at Oxford Bus Station

We will tour the Oxford University Press, one of the world’s oldest publishers, in the morning. Lunch on your own.

We will tour the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe and home of the first single-language English dictionary ever published.

Group dinner in Oxford.
Sat 1/9/2021
Depart London from Victoria Coach Station
Arrive in Oxford at Oxford Bus Station

Lunch in Oxford.

Tour the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford, home of the Marconi radio collection. Lunch in Oxford. Explore Oxford on your own in the afternoon.
Sun 1/10/2021
We will visit King’s College from 9-11am. Kings College is where James Clerk Maxwell did much of his work on electricity and magnetism.

Lunch at King’s College.

We will visit Westminster Abbey at 1:30pm. This is the burial place of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, and many other notable people.

Dinner on your own and free time.
Mon 1/11/2021
Depart London from London Euston
Arrive in Bletchley

Tour Bletchley Park, site where the enigma code was broken during WWII. Lunch at Bletchley.

Dinner on your own and free time.
Tue 1/12/2021
We will visit the Science Museum in the morning. This is the home of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model, and the first Apple computer.

Lunch and afternoon on your own.

In the evening we will go and see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the St Martins Theatre. Play starts at 7:30pm.
Wed 1/13/2021
Free day.
Thu 1/14/2021 Depart London from Victoria Coach Station
Arrive in Cambridge

11:30am - Tour the Centre for Computing History.

Lunch in Cambridge.

3pm - Cambridge University Guided Walking Tour with at Graduate.

Dinner in Cambridge.
Fri 1/15/2021
We will meet with the Cognitive Science Research Group at Queen Mary University of London in the morning.

Lunch at Queen Mary University followed by a tour.

Evening: Dinner on your own and free time.
Breakfast at PubLove, and then departures to the airport.