Arithmeum, Bonn

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The Arithmeum is a mathematics museum owned by the Forschungsinstitut für Diskrete Mathematik (Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics) at the University of Bonn.It was founded by the Director of the Institute, Bernhard Korte, who contributed his private collection of calculating machines.The building's steel-glass facade - located at Lennéstrasse 2 - is meant to represent the "transparency of science".ExhibitionsThe permanent exhibit "Calculating in Olden and Modern Times" shows the progression of mechanical calculating machines through 1,200 pieces.It holds the very large, IJzebrand Schuitema 400 year collection of slide rules.There are also exhibits on very-large-scale integrated logic chips, historical arithmetic books dating back to Johannes Gutenberg's times, and the relationship between art and science.
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  • It is fairly complete but, in my opinion, no huge exhibition. All computing devices are chronological and well described. Several Exponata can be tried.
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  • A mathematics museum? come on! Yet it is a surprisingly entertaining and engaging museum of calculating machines from cuneiform tablets to today's computers. I am of the pre-computer generation, proba...  more »
  • The evolution of the methods of calculating, boards with pebbles to computers. More than 300 devices, some allow manipulation. The concept of the Museum is an attractive: building transparent, stylized chairs/tables, armchairs, mentioning the use of geometry in art and architecture. I liked it, but I don't know if funny for those who don't care about math.
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  • This is a very fun and beautiful museum. It displays a wide range of tools and machines that where used for various mathematical calculations. With some of the machines you can even interact with. On walls you can also find a modern art collection. The museum is wheelchair accessible with a lift and automatic doors. Lockers are available for free and the entrance fee is very low. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.
  • Really fun, interactive, informative. Fun for children, and fun for researchers as well.
  • Very good collection of historical calculating devices. I would recommend that there should be more arithmetic activities for children.
  • A terrific collection of mechanical computing equipment. Plan on spending half a day, since there is so much to see and learn.
  • Really interesting museum for calculating machines since Mesopotamia to chips
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