iPad App of the Week: Journeys of Invention

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Section Minds and Machines

Great and unique apps are a big part of what has made the iPad such an amazing device, With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of one outstanding iPad app a week here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Journeys of Invention, a wonderful celebration of some of the most important scientific inventions throughout history. Here’s just a little excerpt from its App Store introduction:

Imagine if you were allowed to pick up and play with some of the most priceless objects in the history of science and technology.
Journeys of Invention brings to life over 80 extraordinary objects from the Science Museum in London in 14 interactive stories written by the curators. …

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.

Cray Supercomputer

Sections in the app are New Science, Shows & Spectacles, Industrial Adventures, Mass Production, Atoms & Rays, Secret of Life, Minds & Machines, Connected, Everyday, Dangerous, Play, Experiment, and Horizons. The UI makes it easy to spend a lot of time in one that’s of particular interest or to dive in and out of them and browse around all at once, or just tap to find out about one object.


The images in the app are unique of course and beautifully presented. I especially enjoy the design of the section pages.

Sections Mass Production
To say the app’s content is fascinating would be a big understatement. It’s gripping and the more you browse through it the more you find it like a great book you just just can’t put down. I really love the range of items and subjects covered – from a Byzantine Sundial Calendar to a Cray Supercomputer.

Byzantine Sundial Calendar

From old film footage of a Ford Model T being assembled on the factory floor to a look at the Apollo 10 Command Module.

Model T Ford

Apollo 10 Command Module

Or 3D visualizations of the world wide web and of a DNA Double Helix.

DNA Double Helix

Apart from being a fascinating app all-round, this should be a particular hit in classrooms and as an app for families to share and spend quality time with.

The app is listed as free in the App Store and offers a limited sample of its wealth of content. To enjoy the full app you need to upgrade via an In-App purchase at $9.99.

Here’s an App Store link for Journeys of Invention for the iPad; it requires iOS 7.0 or higher.

If you’re after more great iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our free app selections in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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