University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Study Abroad-Engineering

Travel the World as an Engineering Student

Greece Schedule:

***This is a tentative schedule and itinerary

Date: Activity: Overnight: Meal:
Saturday, March 14, 2009

USA to Athens

Aircraft D
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arrive Athens at evening, dinner in Plaka

Athens B, D
Monday, March 16, 2009

Tour of Athens

Athens B, D
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tour of Athens

Athens B, D
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One day cruise Island of Hydra, Aegina and Poros.

Athens B, L
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Depart to Corinth
Visit Ancient Nemea: Sanctuary of Zeus, Ancient Corinth

Nauplia B, D
Friday, March 20, 2009

Visit Epidaurus: The Asklepieion and Mycenae
Depart to Olympia

Olympia B, D
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Visit Ancient Olympia
Depart to Delphi

Delphi B, D
Sunday, March 22, 2009

Visit site and museum, Galaxidi
Depart to Athens

Athens B, D
Monday, March 23, 2009

Tour of Athens

Athens B, D
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Athens to USA

Aircraft B, L


Optional Course Text: From Dr. Allen's Recommended Reading Book

List I. NONFICTION A. Ancient (up to 1000 A.D.)

  1. The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar - the penultimate war journal
  2. The 100 - A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History* by Michael H. Hart - ever wonder who shaped the world we live in?
  3. The History of Science from Augustine to Galileo by A.C. Crombie - dry and long, but detailed
  4. A History of Rome by Marcel le Glay, Jean-Louis Voisin, and Yann le Bohec - a wonderful overview of the greatest empire
  5. The Search for Ancient Rome by Claude Moatti - interesting and illustrated uncovering of the archeology of Rome
  6. Ancient Inventions by Peter James and Nick Thorpe - absolutely astounding inventions!!!
  7. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons - over two centuries old, and still the penultimate work on Rome
  8. The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp - quirky but informative, especially pre-Roman history
  9. Ancient Rome by R.A. Staccioli - incredible overlays depict Rome then and now
  10. Engineering in the Ancient World by J.G. Landels
  11. Egypt, Greece and Rome by Charles Freeman - lengthy but informative
  12. Atlas of the Roman World by Tim Cornell and John Matthews - the best maps of the ancient world
  13. Ancient Mysteries by Peter James and Nick Thorpe - mysteries explained
  14. Caesar Against the Celts* by Ramon L. Jimenez - how engineering overcame overwhelming odds to win the greatest battle of antiquity and change the course of history
  15. Archimedes What did He Do Besides Cry Eureka? by Sherman Stein - the first great mechanician
  16. Guns, Germs and Steel A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years by Jared Diamond - extraordinary view of the rise of mankind
  17. A History of the Circle by Ernest Zebrowski, Jr., - how infinite symmetry drove the course of mankind
  18. Trigonometric Delights by Eli Maor - A delightful book; a veritable treasure trove of mathematical sleuth
  19. Eureka! The Birth of Science by Andrew Gregory - The Greeks were a marvelous lot!
  20. The Calendar by David Ewing Duncan - ever wonder how we got our calendar?
  21. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Peter Clayton and Martin Price - the best description of the best wonders
  22. Classical Civilizations by Arthur Cotterell - excellent dictionary on ancient civilizations
  23. A Guide to the Ancient World by Michael Grant - wonderful book by one of our greatest historical writers detailing where every important place was
B. Modern (after 1000 A.D.)
  1. The Milton Cross New Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music* by Milton Cross and David Ewen - short biographies of 83 classical composers
  2. As I Remember by S.P. Timoshenko - Timoshenko's autobiography
  3. History of the Strength of Materials* by S.P. Timoshenko - short biographies of mechanicians
  4. A History of the Theory of Elasticity by I. Toddhunter and K. Pearson - nineteenth century mechanics
  5. Essays in the History of Mechanics by C.A. Truesdell - ecclectic essays on interesting subjects
  6. A Treatise on the Mathematical Theory of Elasticity by A.E.H. Love - the first great elasticity text
  7. Introduction to Aerospace Structural Analysis by D.H. Allen and W.E. Haisler - short history of mechanics
  8. The Last Plantagenets by Thomas B. Costain - how the medieval kings of England all fell
  9. The Last English King by Julian Rathbone - The Norman Conquest
  10. A Dictionary of the Roman Empire by Matthew Bunson - the best way to get facts about Rome
  11. A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann - absolutely fascinating tale, sometimes even hilarious
  12. Principia by Isaac Newton - "...Nearer the Gods no mortal may go."
  13. Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei - Socratic tale that turned the tide for science
  14. Galileo by James Reston - dry biography of Galileo
  15. Galileo at Work His Scientific Biography by Stillman Drake - more scientific, but still dry
  16. Galileo His Science and His Significance for the Future of Man by Albert DiCanzio - engrossing, idiosyncratic, at times even obsessive account of Galileo's life
  17. Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel - the letters of Galileo's closest relative
  18. The Quotable Einstein* edited by Alice Calaprice - is there anything that he didn't speak on?
  19. The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein by George Gamow - emphasis on physics
  20. The Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan - debunking all of the charlatans
  21. A History of Mechanics by Rene Dugas - too much detail
  22. The Hinge of the World by Richard N. Goodwin - a powerful play describing the Inquisition
  23. The Hinge Factor by Erik Durschmied - so much history depends on so little
  24. Brunelleschi's Dome* by Ross King - the single most incredible engineering feat in history, accomplished by a genius
  25. The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski - essays on goofy inventions like the paperclip
  26. To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski - idiosyncratic view of what it means to be an engineer
  27. The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics edited by Timothy Ferris - interesting articles by most of the great modern physicists
  28. The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson - how Dresden procelain was discovered
  29. A Short History of Time by Stephen Hawking - concise and to the point
  30. Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman - intelligence with a humor
  31. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman - more intelligent humor
  32. Captain James Cook a Biography by Richard Hough - the greatest scientific explorer
  33. The Stone Skeleton Structural Engineering of Masonry Architecture by Jacques Heyman - pathological review of Gothic structures
  34. Euler The Master of Us All by William Dunham - the man who made Newton look so great
  35. Sprezzatura 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish - The best source for understanding the enormous contributions by Italians
  36. The History of Calculus and Its Conceptual Development by Carl B. Boyer - Newton didn't start it, and he had plenty of help from others
  37. The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester - How William Smith invented Geology
  38. How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman - convincing account of the Scots' place in history
  39. Longitude - The True Story of a Lone Genius who solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel - John Harrison's incredible quest to invent the chronometer
  40. The Measure of All Things by Ken Adler - How the French invented the ultimate measure of length, the meter
  41. The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow - fascinating account of the scientists whose efforts coined the term "lunatic"
  42. The Riddle of the Compass by Amird Aczel - the quest for a way of accurately measuring longitude
  43. Measuring America by Andro Linklater - once upon a time, it was not easy to make a map of our country
  44. Tilt - A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa by Nicholas Shrady - the best account of the World's foremost leaning structure
  45. Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei - the first scientific book of modern times
  46. Isaac Newton by James Gleick - The greatest scientist revealed
  47. The Seashell on the Mountaintop by Alan Cutler - the life of Nicolai Stenonis, Galileo's Florentine successor
  48. Einstein's Clock's, Poincare's Maps by Peter Galison - my favorite description of the path to relativity
  49. The Curious Life of Robert Hooke by Lisa Jardine - Newton's contemporary, though overshadowed, was no slouch
  50. The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance* by Paul Robert Walker - Brunelleschi revealed, a must read!
  51. Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light* by Leonard Shlain - will positively turn you on to the relationship between art and science
  52. Heavenly Intrigue by Joshua and Anne-Lee Gilder - was Tycho Brahe murdered by Johannes Kepler?
  53. The Man Who Changed Everything The Life of James Clerk Maxwell by Basil Mahon - the life of the greatest scientist of the nineteenth century
  54. Latitude & The Magnetic Earth by Stephen Pumphrey - who was William Gilbert?
  55. Galileo's commandment An anthology of Great Science Writing edited by Edmund Blair Bolles - shortened version of great writings by the greatest scientists
  56. Wings of Madness Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight by Paul Hoffman - the Wright Brother's chief competitor unveiled
  57. The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester - truth is stranger than fiction
  58. Kepler's Witch by James A. Connor - yet another tale about the tormented life of the great astronomer
  59. Prime Obsession Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics by John Derbyshire - Riemann, the greatest mathematician of the nineteenth century
  60. Tycho and Kepler The Strange Partnership that Revolutionized Astronomy by Kitty Ferguson - my favorite account of the events leading up to Newton
  61. The Scientists by Jon Gribbin - excellent approach to the history of science
  62. The Book Nobody Read Chasing the Revolution of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich-how a Harvard chased down the extant copies of Copernicus' masterpiece
  63. The Riddle of the Compass by Amird Aczel - another great tale about the compass
  64. The Judgment of Paris by Ross King - the revolutionary decade that produced the impressionist movement in art, with implications for science

II. FICTION A. Ancient (up to 1000 A.D.)

  1. Hannibal by Ross Leckie - how to hate the Romans
  2. I, Claudius* by Robert Graves - inside the Roman palace
  3. Claudius the God by Robert Graves - The cripple becomes Emperor and conquers Britannica
  4. The Skystone by Jack Whyte - the best explanation for King Arthur
  5. The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough - the Trojan Wars
  6. Sarum by Edward Rutherford - the history of Southern England
  7. The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough - early Roman history
  8. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough - Rome in the 1st century B.C.
  9. Caesar* by Colleen McCullough - definitive fictionalized account of the life of Caesar
  10. Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough - women who ruled the rulers
  11. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield - How three hundred Spartans saved Greece at Thermopylae
  12. The October Horse by Colleen McCullough - McCullough's crowning work, culminating a lifetime in search of Julius Caesar, this time detailing his final days
  13. Alexander Child of a Dream by Valero Massimo Manfredi - easy reading account of the life of the greatest general of all time

B. Modern (after 1000 A.D.)

  1. The Star-Gazer by Zsolt de Harsanyi - more about Galileo
  2. The Pillars of the Earth* by Ken Follett - how to build a medieval cathedral

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