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Scientific American's Bright Horizons 32 Cruise - British Isles and Norway
July 30-August 11 - Locations Vary
Connect with the peoples and places of the British Isles and bask in the region’s luminous seascapes, green grass and golden hills on Bright Horizons 32. Travel roundtrip Copenhagen to England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland with scientific experts and science buffs on HAL’s Zuiderdam. Join Scientific American in an adventure in lifelong learning. Deepen your knowledge of the histories and cultures of a region of clans and castles. Venture into cities where scientists and entrepreneurs have been propelling discoveries, applied technologies, and economies since the Industrial Revolution. While at sea get state of the art astronomy, physics, and forensic science and enjoy great discussions and engaging dinner table conversation. Experience the smell of rain on Scottish pines, the speed of Irish wit, the glow of Liverpool’s civic pride and the freshness of Belfast’s cuisine. Hike with a friend and linger in landscapes that foster reflection. Gather new food for thought and absorb scientific progress with the experts. Among the experts is Dr. Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College and The Great Courses professor for Understanding Modern Electronics, Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition, Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works, Earth's Changing Climate, and Physics in Your Life. Let us take care of the details so you can unwind. Please join us! See the website for full pricing information, a detailed itinerary, and to register for the trip.

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