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The Love Affair Between Seattle and Science

Posted: Oct. 3rd, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
A fascinating and uplifting article that covers the impact of science and particularly the 1962 World’s Fair had on the great northwestern city of Seattle. Focusing primarily on the Pacific Science Center, this piece spirals around the thirst for progression and a developing space race that helped solidify Seattle as a science-loving city.

In October, the Pacific Science Center will turn 50 years old. It was on October 23, 1962 that the U.S. Federal Science Pavilion was converted to the private Pacific Science Center. Though we commonly talk about Seattle Center as a part of the legacy of the world's fair, the fair's legacy would have been huge even if the Science Center was the only surviving pavilion — bigger than many a fair's contribution to civic life. The Science Center stands today as a secular temple to the truth and its pursuit; it teaches and engages our children, it wows us with exhibits from robotic dinosaurs to King Tut and even brings us Laser Floyd.


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