John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming is a wandering programmer who's lived in the UK, California, New York and France. Along the way he's worked for a succession of technology start-ups, written the award-winning open source POPFile email program and churned out articles for publications such as The Guardian newspaper, Dr Dobbs, and Linux Magazine. His first effort writing a book was the obscure and self-published computer manual GNU Make Unleashed which saturated its target market of 100 readers. Because he has a doctorate in computer security he's deeply suspicious of people who insist on being called Dr., but doesn't mind if you refer to him as a geek. He is the proud owner of a three-letter domain name where he hosts his web site: http://www.jgc.org.

The Geek Atlas The Geek Atlas
by John Graham-Cumming
May 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

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The 100-year leap

October 04 2010

I'm launching a project to finish Charles Babbage's dream and build an Analytical Engine for public display. My hope is that future generations of scientists will stand before the completed Analytical Engine and be inspired to work on their own 100-year leaps. read more

Decoding Climate Change with Perl, gnuplot and Google Earth

December 28 2009

Back in August The New York Times reported that the word 'statistics' had replaced the word 'plastics' in the famous career guidance given in the film The Graduate. And more recently the same paper reported that data and its analysis are the future of science. And it's not just in… read more

How Alan Turing Finally Got a Posthumous Apology

September 17 2009

Guest blogger John Graham-Cumming initiated and led the successful petition drive to procure an apology to Alan Turing from the UK government. John is the author of The Geek Atlas, CTO of a stealth-mode start-up, and a longtime programmer who has a doctorate in computer security. If you're in London… read more

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Webcast: Around the world in 32 minutes with The Geek Atlas
June 24, 2009
In this webcast, author John Graham-Cumming presents a tour of 32 places from his book, The Geek Atlas, in 32 minutes. From Jaipur to Hawaii, via Spain, Paris, London, New York and beyond, The Geek Atlas covers places that will fascinate anyone interested...

Webcast: Data in Motion
July 24, 2012
In this Strata Online Conference, we'll look at data and movement across a variety of sports and industries.

"It's scrupulously well researched, competently written and clearly covers a subject close to the author's heart."
--Neale Monks, SFCrowsnest.com

"Graham-Cumming should consider a second volume of nerdy spots. Because there are lots of us for whom repeated stress leading to irreparable metal fatigue to a spiral coil is spring break."
--Steve Mirsky, Scientific American

"I recommend this book for any of you that travel and are looking for some great places to visit and also those that are armchair travelers. Loads of interesting information here to read."
--Virginia Chilcote, Bay Area MUG-Florida, October 2009 MouseBytes

"Even if you consider yourself not a geek, The Geek Atlas might just bring out the geek in you that you’ve never known, or even turn you into one. And that isn’t a bad thing."
--Dominique James, Sacramento Book Review

"Graham-Cumming's guide book covers everything from where Newton's apple fell to the pub where Watson and Crick announced they'd unlocked the secret to DNA. He also has a handful of entries specific to computers."
--Dan Tynan, InfoWorld

"So if you're planning a summer break in the UK this year, whether because of the financial situation, your desire to reduce your C02 output or just because it's a lovely country, you should pack The Geek Atlas along with your National Trust handbook and good hotel guide. "
--Bill Thompson, BBC News

"...a fascinating and enjoyable read; in fact, it I found it hard to put down. "
--Ben Rothke, Slashdot.org

"Geek hobbyists don't need to travel the world to enjoy the book. They will be equally content to delve into The Geek Atlas on a rainy Saturday and enjoy the generous technical examples and stories of these fascinating museums of science and technology. "
--Helen Gallagher, Blogcritics.org

"So whether or not you happen to be a self-confessed geek or a fully-fledged scientist, Graham-Cumming's guide is well worth investing in."
--Adam Hartley, BBC Technology/TechRadar.com

"I seldom own a book that makes my fellow geeks here at PC World go wild when I show it to them, but John Graham-Cumming has done the trick with The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive, available in both dead-tree and digital formats."
--Anne B. McDonald, PC World

"HEADING abroad? Don't forget The Geek Atlas. "
--Celeste Biever, New Scientist

"I've been reading The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive, and now I've got all kinds of ideas for avoiding the likes of Disneyland or, here in Seattle, this weekend's Fremont Solstice Parade...The book's a starting point rather than a comprehensive guide, but its nerd cred is real..."
--Angela Gunn, Betanews

"The Geek Atlas reads like a textbook that's actually fun to flip through — it's incredibly informative, accessible, and challenging. It's a collection of some of the most important sites — and therefore the most important thoughts — our culture has to offer. "
--John Baichtal, GeekDad

"The genius of this book lies in the science with the travel destinations acting as an added bonus. This book now has a spot in my knapsack and I look forward to The Geek Atlas 2."
--Dru Lavigne, Toolbox for IT

"This attractive and useful guide is an excellent, and informative introduction to science and technology tourism...This is definitely a book for the Geek and those who are curious about science and technology, to own and treasure. "
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com

"With its wide-ranging scientific and technological coverage and the well-written educational text, The Geek Atlas is an absolute must for any up-and-coming geeklet; as well as for anyone who just plain likes science. You'd better believe it's Highly Recommended! "
--scmrak (Rex Scmrak Knepp), Epinions.com

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--Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor

"Here’s a three word summary review for you: “Cool Book. Buy.” "
--Jeff Katz, CraziestGadgets.com

"I really enjoyed this 'atlas'. In fact, while reading it on the train, a fellow passenger kept eyeing the book. I offered it to him to peruse and he thumbed through it with vigor and deep interest for most of the duration of the ride into Chicago. I have read plenty of technical and scientific books on the train, but this was the first time in all the years I have been commuting by rail that a fellow passenger took that much interest in a book I was reading. This further reinforced for me just how compelling and well written The Geek Atlas is, and why anyone who enjoys technology and traveling should buy this book before setting off on any vacation adventure. "
--Mike Riley, Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk

"The Geek Atlas is a great geography and history of science and technology. It's not overly technical but includes a lot of scientific explanation as well as information on the fascinating 128 scientific destinations. It's not just for armchair readers, it's a proper travel book, as well."
--Simon Jary, PC Advisor