If you plan to arrive at the conference early, or if
you're bringing family members who may not be attending
the conference, here are some interesting places that
we recommend visiting.
Museum of Innovation
Tech focuses on how technology works and the way
it is changing every aspect of our lives. Its people-and-technology
focus and its integration of advanced technologies into
visitor experiences distinguishes it from other science
centers and engages visitors of all ages.
The Tech has become a landmark for those seeking a
glimpse of the most inventive place on earth, showcasing
the latest high-tech gizmos and gadgets that put Silicon
Valley on the map.
The Tech is located
in downtown San Jose and is open from 8 am to 6 pm,
Monday through Friday.
Computer History Museum is dedicated to the preservation
of computer history. It is home to one of the largest
collections of computing artifacts in the world, comprising
over 4,000 objects, 10,000 images, 4,000 linear feet
of cataloged documentation, and gigabytes of software.
A public tour is available on Fridays at 1:00 pm, taking
you through an exhibit that spans from pre-computing
to supercomputing, and reflects the astonishing development
in technology from gears to vacuum tubes to exotic semiconductors.
The tour lasts approximately one hour and features more
than 450 artifacts, including the Honeywell "Kitchen
Computer," the Cray 1, the Johnniac, and an Eniac rack.
Reservations are recommended. Please contact the museum
or by calling (650) 810-1013.
The museum is located
in Mountain View, about 5 miles south of Palo Alto and
Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
Founded in 1962, SLAC
occupies a 426-acre facility, which includes a two-mile
accelerator, and is operated by the university for the
U.S. Department of Energy. A visitor center is open
Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and offers
displays on the laboratory's scientific programs, a
brief history of significant milestones, and construction
SLAC is located
at 2575 Sand Hill Road, about 1 mile southwest of the
campus. For tour availability and reservations, please
call (650) 926-2204.
For the architecturally inclined, a visit to Hanna
House is a must-see (but you'll have to arrive the
day before the conference to catch a tour; see below).
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the dwelling was commissioned
in the mid-1930s by Paul Hanna, a professor in Stanford's
School of Education. The resulting masterpiece is a
glass-fronted collection of hexagons whose honeycomb
shapes are echoed in many of the home's details, from
the flooring to the bathroom tiles. A National Historic
Landmark, the house was named by the American Institute
of Architects as one of 17 buildings by Frank Lloyd
Wright most worthy of preservation and exemplifying
his contribution to American culture.
Tours are available on Thursdays. Reservations are
required; please call (650) 725-8352.
Hanna House is located
at 737 Frenchman's Road (off Mayfield Avenue on the
southeast side of campus).
If you arrive early on Friday, be sure to take a walking
tour of the campus. Here are some of the highlights
you won't want to miss:
Tower, completed in 1941 to celebrate the university's
50th anniversary, serves as a landmark to the Stanford
community. The 285-foot structure offers superb views
of Stanford and the Bay Area from its observation deck,
which is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.
Hoover Tower is part of the Hoover
Institution, a Stanford-affiliated public policy
research center founded by Herbert Hoover, a member
of the university's pioneer class of 1895 and the 31st
president of the United States.
The heart of campus is defined by Palm Drive, The Oval,
and the steps leading up to the Main Quad. The buildings
that surround the Quad were designed in the Romanesque
style by Boston architect Charles Allerton Coolidge,
circa 1890. Featuring covered arcades, arch-spanned
vistas, and detailed carvings atop stocky columns, these
central-campus buildings were fashioned from rough-cut
blocks of buff sandstone taken from a quarry south of
San Jose. Their warm hue echoes the color of nearby
hills and shows how well the architecture, in its setting
of expansive blue skies, green lawns, and balmy weather,
pays tribute to the California landscape.
The court leading into the Main Quad displays Rodin's
masterpiece The Burghers of Calais. Additional
bronze figures can be seen in the Rodin Sculpture Garden,
a short (10-minute) walk away (shown as point A on this
Church is the architectural centerpiece of the Main
Quad. The mural on its facade is actually a mosaic that
includes over 20,000 shades of colored tiles. The extraordinary
interior (not to be missed, even by the most science-minded!)
includes stained glass windows, intricate stonework,
gold leaf decoration, and high redwood ceilings. Early-morning
visitors may be lucky enough to hear an impromptu concert
performed on one of the church's three organs.
Guided tours are available daily at 2:00 pm and do
not require reservations. Meet in the Main Quad in front
of the church.
Carrying over 130,000 high-quality titles, the Stanford
Bookstore is the largest academic bookstore on the West
Coast. It is located
just a short walk across White Plaza from Tresidder
Union, the home of our conference.
During the conference, we will have available for purchase
a hand-picked selection of books on accelerating change.
If you can make time to visit the store, we have listed
browsing list of approximately 125 titles in each
of our Science, Technology, Business, and Humanist themes,
for a total of 500 creative works for you to consider.
Each of these is usually in stock at the Stanford Bookstore.