Few subjects can incite as much debate (and fear) as much as Mathematics. Students either love or hate it. But rarely is the fun aspect of the subject explored — either with the help of a good teacher or perhaps, and in this case, through an interactive exhibition. Starting tomorrow, The Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan is hosting Mathematics — That You Can Touch, a multi-city event aimed to create a new approach towards the subject. Visitors can solve puzzles, unravel riddles, watch a sphere race and find out how soap bubbles can answer questions about Mathematics. The exhibition is open to children above 12 years of age and adults.
Supported by the Federal Foreign Office (Germany), the exhibition has partnered with the Mathematikum Museum from Giessen, Germany. Started in 2002, the Mathematikum is the first interactive Mathematics museum in the world and has developed interactive exhibitions on several questions and Mathematical phenomena.
Beata Weber, Director of Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Language Department, shares, “The idea is to transform the abstract science of Mathematics so it can be understood by the senses and be made comprehensible for all ages. The exhibition shows that Mathematics is a part of our life and as the founder of Mathematikum said, a part of our culture,” she states, adding that the thought-provoking experiments on display will inspire one to ask questions like ‘why is this so?’ It will involve grasping with hand, head and heart; which can set a new impulse for Mathematics’ lessons at school.
Hop across learning stations that offer 18 games for students who can attempt to solve Mathematical or physical problems with their hands. If they need help to find the solution, trained personnel will offer hints and help them explore solutions themselves. This travelling exhibition has been to Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as Indian cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai. Kolkata is its next stop. It will move to Thailand and Singapore in 2014, and South America in 2015.
From July 23 to August 3, 11 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday)
At Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda. For school visits,