THE EINSTEIN PURSUIT
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Chapter 1 ― Stockholm is comprised of fourteen islands situated in Riddarfjärden Bay, where the water of Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. When the first of these islands was settled more than nine hundred years ago, the only way to visit the central city was by boat. Today, the sprawling metropolis is connected by a vast network of ferries, subways, buses, and commuter rails that are an envy of most European cities.
Visiting Stockholm (July 2015)
Chapter 2 ― Interpol headquarters is an impressive-looking fortress that overlooks the Rhone river in Lyon, France. If you look closely, you can see Henri Toulon smoking and drinking in the shadows of the building (and Nick Dial telling him to get back to work).
Interpol headquarters (Lyon, France)
Front entrance to Interpol headquarters
Chapter 8 ― The Monongahela Incline, which is the steepest and oldest incline in America, rises 370 feet above the river below. To cover this elevation, its tracks run only 635 feet in length. This results in a steep thirty-five degree slope—and spectacular views of Pittsburgh.
Lower station of Monongahela Incline
View of tracks from lower station
Monongahela Incline (gunmen not pictured)
View of Pittsburgh from upper station
Chapter 21 ― Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of cells (from her cancerous tumor) that were cultured at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. Her cells produced the first known human immortal cell line for medical research. This is known as the HeLa cell line.
Chapter 21 (cont.) ― George Gey, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, was the scientist who propagated the HeLa cell line at the Tissue Culture Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. He used a sample from the cervix of Henrietta Lacks that had been provided by Johns Hopkins Hospital. HeLa cells were used by Dr. Jonas Salk to test the first polio vaccines in the 1950s.
Chapter 24 ― Despite the grisly nature of the laboratory explosion in Stockholm, Nick Dial has seen a lot worse. He was one of the first investigators on the scene of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
Front page of The Daily Oklahoman
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
Chapter 36 ― When the polio vaccine was announced in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk and the University of Pittsburgh were thrust to the forefront of the scientific world. His announcement was so important that approximately 54,000 physicians sat in movie theaters across the country and watched the broadcast on closed-circuit television. Americans turned on their radios to hear the details, and judges suspended trials so that everyone in the courtroom could listen. Afterwards, church bells rang across the country in celebration of Salk’s achievement.
Dr. Jonas Salk at Pitt
Dr. Jonas Salk administering the polio vaccine
Chapter 40 ― Nestled between the foothills of the Alps and the banks of the lake, Como, Italy, offers a multitude of museums, parks, theaters, churches, and public gardens. The combination of natural and man-made beauty―not to mention Hollywood stars like George Clooney―attracts thousands of visitors every season.
Waterfront estate on Lake Como
Chapter 45 ― After the polio vaccine was released in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk had investors lining up at his door. He took some of their money and founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Hoping to attract the best researchers in the world, he made the campus as scenic as possible. The institute consistently ranks among the top institutions in the world in terms of research output and quality in the life sciences (biology, genetics, etc.).
Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, CA)
Chapter 47 ― Just as Dr. Salk had hoped, many of the top scientists in the world followed him to California. Before long, the Einstein Group purchased a large parcel of land in La Jolla and asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design an estate that overlooked the Pacific coast.
The Pacific Ocean near La Jolla, CA
Chapter 55 ― The Charles Bridge is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction was started in 1357 under the reign of King Charles IV and was finished at the beginning of the 15th century.
Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
View of the Charles Bridge from the Vltava river
Epilogue ― The Café Louvre has hosted some of the greatest minds in history. It was a favored haunt of Franz Kafka in the years preceding his most influential works. Even Albert Einstein frequented the establishment as a regular guest of the German Philosophical Circle, a Tuesday night roundtable of the city’s academics.
Café Louvre in Prague, Czech Republic
Original billiards room at Café Louvre
Modern billiards room at Café Louvre
Original interior of Café Louvre
Modern interior of Café Louvre
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