Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

IMAGINARY Amsterdam opens its doors

21 November 2016

IMAGINARY - through the eyes of mathematics' is an interactive travelling exhibition displaying the beauty of mathematics. On Monday 21 November Eric Opdam, director of the Korteweg - de Vries Institute for Mathematics, opened the exhibition, which can be visited till 9 December. The Amsterdam edition of IMAGINARY is jointly organized by UvA and VU with special contributions of Ars et Mathesis


Photo: M. Kranenburg

The exhibition IMAGINARY was created by the Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach in 2008 as a part of the German Year of Mathematics. Its goal is to raise interest in mathematics by showing the artistic side of math. It includes various installations, such as eye-catching visualizations, virtual realities, interactive programs and 3D sculptures. The exhibit has now moved to the Netherlands, travelling from city to city. Amsterdam is its third stop.

Visualizing the beauty of Mathematics

Prof. Eric Opdam opened the exhibition: "For mathematicians it is always very difficult to show the world what Mathematics is all about. Thanks to computer visualizations we are now able to show the beauty of it." By using large touch screens visitors can create the most beautiful patterns based on the rules of symmetry. The target group are pupils from secondary school, but the general public is also very welcome to visit the exhibition to experience mathematics.

Collaboration with Ars et Mathesis

In the Amsterdam edition Ars et Mathesis contributes to the exhibition with art from Melle Stoel, Hans Kuijper and Walt van Ballegooien. Ars et Mathesis is a foundation with the aim to connect arts and mathematics. 

Details of the exhibition

Period: 21 November - 9 December 2016
Open: Monday-Friday 11.00 - 16.00h
Location: VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9, Amsterdam



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