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The University of Cambridge

Cambridge is situated about 80 kilometres north of London. Through the city flows a river, the Cam, which many Colleges stands on. It lives about 92 000 persons in the city, excluding the students. Cambridge is most famous for the University, which is one of the oldest universities in the world, and one of the largest in the UK.

The Cambridge University consists of 31 independent Colleges. The oldest, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284. The youngest College is Robinson College and it was founded in 1979. Only 3 of thease 31 Colleges are for women.

A College is the place where the students eat and live. The colleges are by them selves selecting the students who will be permitted to live there. All together nearly 14 000 students and 1 500 teacherslive in thease colleges.

Many of the Colleges are built with a pattern. They often have a yard in the middle with the building around it, like a wall, but maybe with one side "open". It lookes like an angular U. the yard in the middle is usually called a court. In some Colleges, situated on the Cam, the backyard slopes gently down to the river. Thease slopes are called backs. On the Cam you can get an extra adventure. You can often rent a boat and go on the Cam, an experience I think you´ll never forget.

In 1209 some scholars taking refuge from hostile townsmen in Oxford moved to Cambridge and settled there. In 1226 the were a sufficent number and started an own organisation. They started to arrange courses for the members, where other members taught. The University of Cambridge, which now was founded, was during a couple of years protected by King Henry III. Later on, the reputation got even better when King Henry the VI founded Saint Mary College in 1441.

The Cambridge University has educated some very famous scientists. For example Ernest Rutherford, who got the Nobel Prize for research and experiments about the nuclear physics he made. Another famous person that studied on the University is Ludwig Wittgenstein, a famous philosopher. a third, very well-known person who went to the Cambridge University was Isaac Newton. In the Queens College the "Mathematical bridge" is built. Newton constructed the bridge, which is held up with the gravitation, in the 18th century and he didn´t use neither screws or nails. A hundred years later, the bridge was dismatled to see how it was built. When time came to put it back together, it was impossible to put it together the way Newton did it, so they had to ...

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Jennie Sjöhamn [2003-04-11]   Cambridge university
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