Stanford was the starting spark of Silicon Valley. According to Stanford lore, the engineering professor Frederick Terman single-handedly founded the Silicon Valley by convincing Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to set up shop in the proverbial now Hewlett Packard Garage in Palo Alto rather than stay on the Other Coast.
Make sure you take either the shorter Stanford Tour or the Extended Stanford Tour!
The meaning of the words "Die Luft der Freiheit weht" as shown in the Stanford Seal is "The wind of freedom blows" and it is an old German quotation. For a while (my best guess is, after WWII) it had been dropped from the seal, but it is now reappearing.
The Engineering and Computer Science departments are grouped around a water fountain forming the Stanford University Science And Engineering Quad.
See also Stanford Business School.
For most of us who spend years and years here, it happens to be the best place on earth. Some of us even go away only to come back!!
That is so true! (See also Busy Stanford Stadium and Phd Comics.) If Europe just wasn't that far away... --Dirk Riehle