Princeton in New Jersey

26 August 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies

Princeton University Boat House at Lake Carnegie © Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD/cc-by-sa-3.0

Princeton University Boat House at Lake Carnegie © Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD/cc-by-sa-3.0

Princeton is a municipality with a borough form of government in Mercer County, New Jersey, that was established in its current form on January 1, 2013, through the consolidation of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, the municipality’s population was 28,572, reflecting the former township’s population of 16,265, along with the 12,307 in the former borough. Princeton is roughly equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia. It is close to many major highways that serve both cities (e.g. Interstate 95 and US Route 1), and receives major television and radio broadcasts from each. It is also close to Trenton, New Jersey’s capital city, and Edison.   read more…

Atlantic City in New Jersey

11 June 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Bob Jagendorf/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Bob Jagendorf/cc-by-2.0

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. It has a population of 39,000. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic City inspired the U.S. version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names. Since 1921, Atlantic City has been the home of the Miss America pageant. In 1976, New Jersey voters legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City. The first casino opened two years later. Just 200 km south of New York City, the city is one of the most popular destinations for short-holiday travelers from the New York metropolitan area.   read more…

Fort Lee in New Jersey

13 April 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Fort Lee Historic Park © Hudconja/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fort Lee Historic Park © Hudconja/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County in New Jersey in the New York City Metropolitan Area, situated atop the Hudson Palisades, with a population 37,000. The borough is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge and is located across the Hudson River from the Manhattan borough of New York City. Named for the site of an early American Revolutionary War military encampment, it later became the birthplace of the American film industry.   read more…

Portrait: Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, pacifist, socialist and Zionist

21 November 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Albert Einstein in New York, during his first visit to the US in 1921 © Life magazine

Albert Einstein in New York, during his first visit to the US in 1921 © Life magazine

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc² (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “services to theoretical physics”, in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory. Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.   read more…

The Quantum of the Seas

14 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

© royalcaribbean.de

© royalcaribbean.de

Quantum class is an upcoming class of cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International. On February 11, 2011, Royal Caribbean announced that they had ordered the first of a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg scheduled to be delivered by Fall 2014. At the time, the project was code-named “Project Sunshine”. The Quantum-class ships will surpass the earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis. The first three ships of this class, Quantum of the Seas, delivered in November 2014, Anthem of the Seas, expected to be delivered in November 2014, and Ovation of the Seas, expected to be delivered in Fall 2016. Quantum of the Seas will spend its inaugural 2014-2015 season sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, before repositioning to China in May 2015. Beginning late June 2015, the ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea. Anthem of the Seas will spend its inaugural 2015 season sailing from Southampton, Hampshire, before repositioning to Cape Liberty in November 2015. As of April 2014, no ports or itineraries have been announced for Ovation of the Seas.   read more…

Ocean City in New Jersey

19 April 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rising sun over Ocean City © Connor Kurtz

Rising sun over Ocean City © Connor Kurtz

Ocean City is a city in Cape May County in New Jersey. It is the county’s largest city by area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 11,701. In summer months, with an influx of tourists and second homeowners, there are estimated to be 115,000 to 130,000 within the city’s borders.   read more…

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