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Information and Facts about Cambridge
- Found at the end of King’s Parade, the Corpus Christi clock attracts hordes of tourists who cram into the road to get a picture of the famous landmark. To represent the relativity of time, the clock speeds up, slows down, and even stops. The Corpus Christi clock tells the correct time to a hundredth of a second every fifth minute!
- Connecting two parts of Queen’s College the Mathematical Bridge is a wooden bridge that was the first bridge built using mathematical principles. Sir Isaac Newton actually died 22 years before it was built so its a popular myth that he built it! Built by James Essex in 1749 and designed by William Etheridge. The self-supporting structure is a very clever design which places the timbers in a series of tangents with radial members to tie the tangents together.
- In 1953, the double helix game-changing discovery was published by Francis Crick who was part of a team studying the structure of DNA in Cambridge. . Before it was published Crick had popped into The Eagle on Bene’t Street his local pub, and announced to the lunchtime drinkers that they had ‘discovered the secret of life’.
- In the early 1800s Lord Byron aristocrat and poet was a student in Cambridge. Byron wanted to keep a pet dog in his university rooms, but this turned out to be against the rules. To overcome the pet issue brought a bear with him instead. Byron was famously described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. This probably explains why.
- In recent years, Cambridge has become a tech hub, dubbed the Silicon Fen for its plethora of start-ups. It’s estimated that over fifteen percent of the UK’s computer gaming industry is based in Cambridge, alongside a host of science and technology companies. It seems quite fitting, given that Alan Turing, thought to be the father of computer science, studied and worked here, at King’s College
- Cambridge University has over one hundred libraries including the University Library, which, as a legal deposit library, is entitled to claim a copy of every book published in the UK. Unsurprisingly the library holds over seven million books! Some particularly famous books that are housed include an archive of Charles Darwin’s personal correspondence and books from his own working library, among many other treasures. The original manuscript of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and a notebook of Isaac Newton’s are held at The Wren Library at Trinity College.