Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Seven Wonders

How many people can name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Not that it matters much - there's only one left (plus fragments that found their way into the British Museum in London).

VLDB 2000 was held at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Apart from predicting yotabyte databases by the year 2020, this was somehow a turning point (in time) for databases in HEP.

More interesting, perhaps, is the riddle of the Rosetta stone, where the physicist known to all school kids - Thomas Young - played a key role. (The real Rosetta stone is also in the British Museum, which is how I know about the fragments of the Seven Wonders also there...)

Going inside a pyramid has very much a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" feel about it, but has to feature somewhere on the 1001 list... (Luckily, I've already done it...)

(There's all sorts of interesting stuff about the evolution of the pyramids themselves, the Sphinx, good ol' King Tut, but you really need to go and see for yourself).


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