From Oktober 27, 2017
to August 31, 2018

MAINS (Mathematik-Informatik-Station)
Laureate Forum Heidelberg

Kurfürstenanlage 52

D-69115 Heidelberg

Location information

Matheliebe – INTERACTIVE:

The Matheliebe smartphone app (Android 4/iOS 5) invites you to go on a voyage of exploration. It will give you the answers to the questions in the participation sheets ("Own activities") as well as videos and animations. Simply scan the QR-Code – also works on the screen – and the solution is displayed.

And Once Again, Archimedes

Archimedes’ secret on the goat hide.  

In 2005, media all over the world reported a sensation: Sheets of the oldest preserved copy of an Archimedes text from the 10th century AD were investigated in the Stanford linear accelerator. During the investigation, X-rays brought to light texts and diagrams of a hitherto unknown work – "The Method". Until then, only references had remained of the original treatises of the mathematical genius from classical antiquity. The manuscript had been overwritten in the 13th century because books were re-used in the middle ages – parchment made from goat leather was expensive. Such overwritten texts from classical antiquity or the middle ages whose original text had been scraped off or washed off are called palimpsests.

How can the mathematical properties of curvilinear figures and bodies be determined? "The Method" contributes even more to answering this pivotal Greek question than had been expected until its discovery. It is a great step towards understanding the mathematically infinite.

Own activity: And Once Again, Archimedes