mathema – Is Mathematics the Language of Nature?

Exhibition Opening in the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin on November 5

№ 344/2008 from Nov 03, 2008

In conjunction with the scientific year 2008 "Mathematics, Everything That Counts," the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin will be opening a special exhibition called "mathema – Is Mathematics the Language of Nature?" on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 6:00 pm. Dr. Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and former federal minister Dr. Klaus Kinkel, will give welcoming addresses. The exhibition will run from  November 6, 2008, through August 2, 2009.

In the space of 1000 square meters, the exhibition projects a new and lively image of mathematics. It was conceived by Hadwig Dorsch, head of the Department of Computing and Automation Technology in the Technikmuseum Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Ehrhard Behrends of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin. The Deutsche Telekom Foundation, a principal sponsor of the exhibition, has donated 200,000 euros. The exhibition is accompanied by works of contemporary artists on the theme of encryption as well as by a good-sized children's section – mathemachen – with many experiments and games for 4- to 10-year-olds. Mathematics is a part of our culture. In the exhibition various media are used to illustrate this fact. In addition to texts and "classical" museum objects, there are interactive programs, films, and various objects designed especially for this exhibition. This mathematics exhibition is unique in size, depth of information, and variety of presentation.

Dates and Location:

  • Opening: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • Exhibition Hours: November 6, 2008 - August 2, 2009, Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; weekends and holidays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin

Link to the exhibition web page:

Further information may be obtained from:

Ulrike Andres, Director of Press and Public Relations, Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 902 542 24, Email: