This is a thread for people to add their favorite places that didn't make the cut for The Geek Atlas.

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Seikan Tunnel
You included that Mickey Mouse tunnel in London but not the Seikan Tunnel connecting the islands of Honshu and Hokkeido? - The building of the Seikan tunnel was oen of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
When riding that tunnel (which I did) by train you go 140 meters below the sea floor of the Pacific through solid granite.
Until the new Gotthard tunnel is finished Seikan will remain the longest tunnel in the world with a length of 54 km. From a construction point of view the Channel tunnel just doesn't compare with a length of 50 km and a depth of just 74 meters and it was built through soft rock.
I have other issues with the listings in your book, but I feel strongest about your non-inclusion of the Seikan Tunnel.
Harry Hansen
From the review at

- Atanasoff–Berry Computer, the first electronic digital computer, built by John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry at Iowa State University 1937-42 (
So we can't just add places and photos of them outright? Not very social...
Feel free to add whatever photos etc. that you want. Tag them as you wish. I'll start collating a 'suggested places' page once people come up with ideas.

The site is a little bit restricted by the capabilities of Ning, but don't let that stop you. I'll update the site manually as stuff comes in.

Jim(my) Orr said:
So we can't just add places and photos of them outright? Not very social...
I'd like to offer this from my home town. Not earth shattering but it's cool. Therefore I CAN believe this isn't in the Geek Atlas but were this project to grow in scope then it should be there.

Cheers Tony
This copy/paste from my comment at Hacker News:

John, I' see that you have the Belgrade Tesla museum in your book -- but I think that even more interesting would be the visit to the village of Smiljan, Croatia. This is where Tesla was born, and there is a memorial center there -- -- and you can find the place at

Also, the Technical Museum in Zagreb has daily demonstrations of the Tesla's main inventions, including the 3 million volt transformer:

Perhaps you could put some of those things to the next edition. :)
T J Eales said:
I'd like to offer this from my home town. Not earth shattering but it's cool. Therefore I CAN believe this isn't in the Geek Atlas but were this project to grow in scope then it should be there.

Cheers Tony

Don't be modest - this is earth shattering! I did my PhD on supercooled liquids and glasses and I showed this experiment in all my talks. I sometimes showed the live feed just in case anything happens :)
A museum in the Netherlands that is really missing is the Eise Eisinga Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in the world still running.
If you have kids and you are in Amsterdam, and you want to teach them some science, go to Nemo, near the Amsterdam Central Station.
The oldest astronomical observatory in the Netherlands is sonnenborg (Sun Borough)
Teyler's museum in Haarlem has some scientific objects, and it is one of the few museums still in its 19th century state, so that's how a museum looked like a good two hundred years ago.
Famous in the Netherlands is also the Leiden natural history museum Naturalis.
If you're interested in printing in the old ages, the Plantijn-Moretus museum in Antwerp, Belgium with the two oldest printing machines in the world is really worth your visit.
Really nice is also the Maison d'Ampere near Lyon. Audio guides in English available.
In Utrecht there is the museum of music machines
A working steam engine near Amsterdam can be seen at the pumping station in Halfweg, half way Amsterdam and Haarlem. Notice the word "draaidagen" which means that the steam engine will be running, on steam!!
The Dutch railway museum is in Utrecht.
The French railway museum is in Mulhouse in the Alsace. (Never been there, yet!)
That's it for today, more some other day.
Cheers, Daniel
The Boerhaave museum in Leiden is also very interesting. They have the equipment that Kamerlingh Onnes used to make Helium liquid.
The current building of the law faculty in Leiden is his former laboratory, and until 1923 the coldest place on earth was in this building.
If you are interested in dams and dykes, you must see the exhibition at the Oosterschelde dam:

The Leviathan telescope at Birr castle, Ireland: built in 1845, it was the world's largest for 70 years, and arguably the Hubble space telescope of its day, in that it could see further, and fainter objects, than ever before, and was quickly used to resolve the structure of some nebulae.
Built by Parsons, 3rd earl of Rosse, whose youngest son Charles went on to invent the steam turbine in 1884 (for an excellent exhibition about that, you need to visit the technology & industry museum in Newcastle).
Birr castle makes a wonderful day trip: the telescope has been restored to working order, there are gorgeous botanical gardens (the Parsons's family today are noted as planned hunters), and an excellent small museum.

Delighted to see Hamilton's Broom Bridge included in the atlas.

Some years ago, I wrote guidebook/geek atlas for Ireland -- Ingenious Ireland -- if you'd like a copy, and can't get your hands on one, let me know, and I'll be happy to post you one!

Mary Mulvihill
Brilliant suggestion. Thank you.

"Ingenious Ireland" sounds fascinating. I would love a copy. Can you get in contact via my email [email protected] and we'll sort out the address.
Not to forget the home of Constantijn Huijgens

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