The campus of U-of-A is much larger than Caltech in Pasadena. At first it seems less important, more technological, with laboratories for pratical pursuits.
It has buildings for strange studies like the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center and the building for Modern Languages.
But like Caltech, it has two small telescopes and a library, though the library here seems more architecturally pleasing.
Under the stadium is the world renouned Mirror Lab where all of the recent eight-meter mirrors for the world’s telescopes were and are being made.
I wonder, after walking the U-of-A campus, which is more important: theoretical physics or the making of telescope mirrors that give the data. I wonder which matters more: the making of a big telescope or the surveyor who spent hours in cold nights at 14,000 feet on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, determining true north for its alignment.