‘Jammed with information about the workings and history of a long list of inventions...bring[s] complex ideas alive in an interactive and modern way.’
– The New York Times
“...a marvellous, marvellous app.”
– The Guardian
Pick up and play with some of the most extraordinary objects in the history of science and technology. This app brings to life priceless objects from the Science Museum in London and tells their stories.
With Journeys of Invention you can study, rotate and even operate some of the most revolutionary scientific inventions of all time. Step inside the Apollo 10 Command Module, examine a flea with Robert Hooke’s 17th-century microscope, explore the Large Hadron Collider, or even encode a secret message with a World War II Enigma Machine and share it with your friends to decipher. The app features original and insightful history specially written by Science Museum curators with a rich collection of historic photographs, rarely seen contemporary artworks, archive film footage and video.
This spectacular collection of museum gems is presented in a spell-binding interactive network of inventions, making it effortless to journey back and forth through time. Learn about the darker side of science on the ‘Dangerous’ journey. Choose ‘Horizons’ for dramatic tales of exploration. For a different take on the history of science and technology, try ‘Atoms and Rays’ or ‘The Secret of Life’.
Created by experts from the Science Museum in partnership with Touch Press (the wizards behind acclaimed apps The Elements and Solar System), Journeys of Invention is a wonderful guide for anyone with an interest in science, technology and discovery.
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“Writing as someone who has a visual impairment, I have always found myself removed from museum exhibits which are often behind glass and too small/detailed to appreciate from afar. As ever, Touch Press has used the glass to bring these items closer. Brilliant work!” User review
“...an app for families to share and spend quality time with.” iPad Insight
“Journeys of Invention is a great interactive learning tool that is beautifully designed” Mac Life
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. Find out more at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
Bug fixes and improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing science museum on an a iPad!
This is a fabulous app for interactively exploring the history and workings of science and technology! It's a shame that the app was apparently introduced as "free" with in-app purchases. It must have really been just a very limited demo, requiring a purchase to unlock the full feature set. Such a preview is not a bad business model, but judging from the many one star reviews, people thought there should be more in the free version. Maybe some thought it was a game too -- it's not, but it is a lot of fun!
If you have ever enjoyed visiting a science museum, you will love this app. It's like one of those DK science books with amazing photos, but at $10, much cheaper and full of interactive and multimedia content. One of the best uses of iPad I have seen.
Really Great Idea
Great idea but I hope you aren't finished yet, especially for 10 bucks. There are lots of interesting items to peruse but I would really enjoy a more in-depth analysis of each item. Also, because this program originates in Britain and I am in the US, I see there is much "British English" used in the text. This is fine and may be eye-opening for some readers. However, when your writer did not call Henry Ford's most famous invention, The Assembly Line, by the proper name I began to hope I could trust the validity of what I was reading. I guess that is what updates are for, eh? Also, it would be really nice on the iPad if the pictures could be swiped away. Thanks.
As always with Touch Press, the implementation is polished, with some clever interactive bits (e.g., a focusable simulation of Hooke's microscope). Unfortunately, the content is lacking in depth. For example, the entry on "Human Wart Virus" mentions the use of an electron microscope--a key invention in many fields of science--but fails to say anything about how it works. Similarly, the entry "Air Pump" shows an early version and describes its use in killing animals, but fails to say anything about how the pump operates.
This app might pique the interest of a youngster, but he or she wouldn't learn much from it--it's more eye candy than enlightenment.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.