Cambridge University Pin

Cambridge University Pin

Of all my regrets the two biggest are that I was unable to do a doctorate in applied mathematics at Glasgow University, and second, that I had no chance to attend Cambridge University in England. It was never meant to be. I have had the chance to visit Cambridge on occasions, and even stay for a few days in the town of Cambridge.

I toured King’s College—a magnificient structure, known more to me for its music than anything else. I climbed up the steps of Trinity College, the steps that Newton himself climbed. I saw the magnificient statue of Newton in the entrance hall, and then listened to the organist practicing a wonderful piece that just filled the chapel with sound.

I went to a student hangout, and had a bowl of noodles—quite good too, for 7 pounds. I took a tour of the American Cemetery just outside of Cambridge. I had driven past it several times but finally in 2012 I had a chance to walk through. The sight of all those graves is overwhelming when one thinks about the sacrifices made in World War II. When at Cambridge U. in 1993 I happened to see a flyer for the opera Dido and Aeneas that had been performed recently at Cambridge. I sang the part of Aeneas while I was teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology, and since the opera performances were all finished, I brought the flyer home with me, had it mounted, and it hangs on the wall in a hallway at home.

Entrance to Trinity College, Cambridge

Entrance to Trinity College, Cambridge

A view of the memorial chapel at the American Cemetery in Cambridge

A view of the memorial chapel at the American Cemetery in Cambridge

The fact that some body part of Oliver Cromwell is supposedly buried at Cambridge didn’t strike me as all that important.

Location: 05-E3

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