A cabinet of mathematical curiosities

The rain followed us to Munich. Seeking refuge, we entered the halls of the Deutsches Museum, 50,000 sq meters of exhibition space filled with science and technology, from prehistoric times to the present day. We wandered through reproductions of coal and salt mines, saw halls of aircraft, sailing ships, models of Leonardo Da Vinci’s military inventions, rocket science, original IBM and UNiVAC computers from the 1950s, a walk through reproduction of the Altamira cave paintings, and a terrific kids play area.

We wrapped up in the Mathematical Cabinet. This was a hands on exhibit, where you could manipulate 3D shapes, pendulums, and puzzles to explore mathematic concepts.

On the way back to our hotel, we also picked up some German gingerbread, a good way to perk up a wet afternoon.

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