Experiencing Mathematics

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Mathematics is one of the oldest sciences and is indispensable for other disciplines. In addition, mathematics plays an essential role: no computer, no smart phone, and no debit card would function without it. Nevertheless, the public underestimates the importance of math and many people consider it too boring or too difficult to deal with on a closer level. The interactive “Experiencing Mathematics” exhibition wants to change that.

The exhibition wants to show that:
• Math is comprehensible for everyone, not just scientists
• Math is interesting, useful and full of surprises
• Math is important for technological advancement and for our daily lives

Divided into 10 subject areas, the various experiment stations invite visitors to use their own hands to experience mathematics. For instance, with probability, what are your chances to win the jackpot? Or with geometry, how many tiles are necessary to tile a bathroom, or how should we pack the trunk so that as much as possible will fit? In addition, the exhibition provides answers to many exciting questions like how and why bubble float in the air.

“Experiencing Mathematics” is oriented on visitors of all ages and experience levels. It is directed at people that, up to now, have not concerned themselves a lot with math, as well as those that have experience in the area. The exhibition is also adapted for families and school groups.

“Experiencing Mathematics” is an international exhibition initiated and supported by UNESCO, which has been shown over 150 times and in 30 different countries since its opening in 2004. With the exhibition in Heidelberg, “Experiencing Mathematics” is making its first visit to Germany.

Background of the HLFF:
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is an international networking event where 200 outstanding young researchers in mathematics and computer science meet the recipients of the most renowned prizes in these disciplines. In addition to promoting scientific exchange and the development of young researchers, the HLFF strives to increase the public’s awareness of the social, economic and scientific importance of mathematics and computer science. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science.


Venue: MAINS (Mathematics Informatics Station)
Kurfürstenanlage 52
69115 Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: +49 6221 533-382
Date: May 20 to August 31, 2017
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday and holidays, 2 to 7 p.m.
Admission: free of charge
Group tours: upon request
Organizer: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33
69118 Heidelberg
Germany
Telefon: +49 6221 533-382

 

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Impressions of the opening:

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