Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Massachusetts Mania

Have you ever visited a place engraved so deeply into civilization and education?
It is the Massachusetts tourism theme we are talking about. Oh yes! Wherever you go, the civilization and the aura of education will accompany you. Now, this didn’t mean to be such a big turn-off sentence; it simply means that Massachusetts upholds a decent, more disciplined version of tourism in its world-record holder tourist spots.
If on a Business Trip, So Be It:
So you think your business-like group will destroy your fun? Think again. Massachusetts offers one of the top-rated science centers in Boston, by the name of the Museum of Science, which happens to be about two centuries old. As much as 700 exhibits are viewable to the public, not counting the live performances and demonstrations that make a million hits on Facebook and YouTube and other sites of the like. And then there is the amazing Computer Museum, also located in Boston. With a huge collection of computer graphics and all sorts of high tech data and exhibits, this museum has really escalated to the top by constructing a real walk-through computer for an unforgettable experience. Get to know the anatomy of your computer by stepping into its interior and actually seeing how the parts interact, the model really works.
The Massachusetts Titan- MIT
Now direct your compasses to Cambridge. Here we arrive at the most popular engineering institutes of this century, and of all times the dream of all those who wish to be engineers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, for short). Established in 1861 during the era of speedy industrialization in America, the institute has grown to become one of the largest research institutes of the current times. The area over which it is built is as large as 168 acres at the moment, and its walls run for an entire mile, side by side with the Charles River.
The history of MIT itself is highly interesting. For an institute of its caliber, it is quite surprising to know that the first proposal for construction was turned down. Then, when the agreement was finally made, Civil War swept across the land. The founder, William B. Rogers, however, continued his struggle to establish a progressive educational, and not a professional institute, and finally, the first students of MIT sat in the Mercantile Building of Boston for their first lecture.
It happens to be a fact that Rogers himself, and also the early curricula of the institute, had more of research-like orientation rather than professional goals. It so happened, therefore, that MIT refused to go into a merger with Lawrence Scientific Harvard University, even though the President of Harvard at the time was a former faculty member of MIT.
MIT, as in its views and approaches, remains highly unique as far as its architecture is concerned. You will not get to see the same boring building erected one after another, nor will you feel that the building architecture has long since fallen into ruins. MIT buildings have odd shapes, some seem to be twisted and others bent, and are built of reinforced concrete with limestone patches and many other artistic materials. While some critics might not appreciate the sight, such a different display of brick and concrete is certainly refreshing for anyone who has seen too much of official-looking buildings, and that includes all of us, doesn’t it?
Furthermore, MIT seems to have an inexhaustible housing facility for all undergraduates for an entire span of four years. While the exterior of MIT might not emanate too much of a professional aura (owing to its innovative buildings), the interior of the building is strictly educational, especially where its library and its museum are placed.
In this context, the MIT museum is a popular tourist visiting area. Recently established in 1971 under the name of Historical Collections, the museum hosts the famous Science Festival, the only of its kind in the entire realm of the United States. There is also the highly unique FAT contest (Friday After Thanksgiving) in which a series of machines are made to work for the purpose of leisure by pulling on a single string that connects them. Although these are definitely worth watching, one might not have the time to do so, and hence, the museum presents the world’s most extensive holography collection as a part of the indoor sightseeing.
So Massachusetts It Is:
With a mighty number of other points on the to-do list when in Massachusetts, the area no doubt has a strong tourist potential, and some of the strangest aspects of modern architecture one can dream of. Making practical the educational dreams of the past, and working rigorously towards the future, Massachusetts is the one place on the map that deserves a must visit.

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