INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION "I PLAY AND UNDERSTAND"
The permanent Interactive Exhibition “I Play and Understand” (1st and 2nd floors, Herakleidon 16, Thissio) has been visited by more than 35.000 students
since October 2014. As of March 2015, it is also open on Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00 for children and families, as well as anyone interested in enriching his or her scientific knowledge in an entertaining manner.
The first floor
of this interactive exhibition presents an introduction to the elemental mathematical concepts
. Tables with interactive exhibits and works of art introduce the visitor to the meaning of symmetry in nature and art, to the world of numbers and shapes, as well as to the simplest algorithmic operations.
The second floor
of the exhibition offers a historical journey
through the most important stages of scientific and mathematical thought, as well as of the arts. Beginning with the pre-Socratic era and the transition from myth to reason, the journey continues with the Pythagoreans, the Eleatic philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, the Hellenistic period, the Renaissance, the conquests of science and 20th century art, arriving at the contemporary science of chaos, dynamic systems and fractals.
The originality, as well as the uniqueness of the exhibition, lies in the manner in which the visitor, in playing and interacting with the special exhibits, experiences the inter-relationship of science, art, mathematics, and philosophy, and thus realizes the twofold need of the human intellect for expression (art) and understanding (logic and mathematics).
Aris Mavromatis & Apostolis Papanikolaou, researchers in the Didactics of Mathematics
Dr Nikos Kourniatis, architect
Sophia Stathopoulou, Msc in the Didactics of Mathematics