A Swede on the South Side

    One could spend an entire week admiring the architecture of the University of Chicago.  One person who has plenty of time to do that is Carl von Linne.  In statue form, of course. Von Linne was a doctor and a scientist, and according to the Wikimopedia, is considered the father of both modern taxonomy (classifying plants and animals), and a founder of what we now call ecology. So, what’s this Swede doing perched in Hyde...

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Slice of Life: Invisible Nuclear History

It looks like just another athletic field now, but this was the location of one of the most important events in human history.  Some liken it to the development of speech, or the discovery of fire, or the invention of the wheel. I’m no scientician, so I’ll quote the Manhattan Project entry from Wikimopedia: The first major scientific hurdle of the project was solved on December 2, 1942, beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field...

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Status Update: University of Chicago New Hospital Pavilion Project

A crane towers over Hyde Park as it assembles the University of Chicago’s New Hospital Pavilion Project. Hopefully that’s a temporary name.  The 10+1-story project designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects & Cannon Design should be done in 2012, and will add 1.2 million square feet of space to the medical...

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