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Deutsches Technikmuseum - mathema - Is Mathematics the Language of Nature?

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Foto eines Roulettetisches

Probability calculation and roulette
© Clemens Kirchner, SDTB

Foto: Mechanische Rechenmaschine aus dem 17. Jahrhundert

Mechanical calculator, 17th Century
© Clemens Kirchner, dtmb

Foto eines Rechenpfennigs aus dem 15. Jahrhundert

Calculating pennies for calculating “on the lines”
© Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 18214357

Foto eines Kindes beim Zahlen wiegen

"Weighing" numbers
© Clemens Kirchner, SDTB

Is Mathematics the Language of Nature?

6 November 2008 to 2 August 2009

Is Mathematics the Language of Nature? Or is it a human invention, a tool for obtaining a better understanding of the world?

Many structures and relationships in our world can be described effectively with the help of mathematics. Why is this so? Do hidden mathematical rules and laws underlie all of nature? Or is mathematics a human invention, a tool for obtaining a better understanding of the world?

mathema demonstrates the application of mathematics to our daily lives, including its artistic and philosophical aspects. Five “theme rooms” present the development of mathematical understanding in a variety of epochs and cultures, helping us to understand mathematical phenomena almost effortlessly.

Discover hidden mathematical structures in our world and find your own answers to the question of the relationship between mathematics and nature.

In addition to numerous opportunities for hands-on interaction, there is an extensive companion program with demonstrations, workshops, tours, lectures, and much more.

The mathema exhibition is taking place in conjunction with the scientific year 2008 "Mathematics, Everything That Counts." The exhibition’s patron is Dr. Annette Schavan, minister of education and research.

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mathemachen – mathema for Children

The mathema exhibition for children aged 4 to 10 will awake the curiosity and creativity of young museum-goers. They will carry out a variety of experiments, chosen for their pedagogical quality, and experience through play the foundations of mathematics. They can weigh numbers on the “number scale,” handle geometric forms, and find out how cars with square wheels travel.

The exhibit “mathema for children” will be open exclusively to groups with reservations on Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 and 13:00 (no additional fee beyond the admission price).

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