Il Giardino di Archimede - Un museo per la matematica [The garden of Archimedes - A Museum for mathematics]
Archimedes’ Garden is the very first museum totally dedicated to mathematics and its applications, a place where it is possible to approach mathematics interactively, without formulas and formalisms, thus overcoming incomprehension and many fears.
The museum is divided into three thematic itineraries. The first is the tried and tested exhibition "Beyond the Compass. The Geometry of Curves", which showed many times in Italy and abroad (including Florence at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in 1993), and has had more than half a million visitors. Presented here with a new layout, the exhibition is totally interactive, and can be used at various levels of competence by elementary school students, university students, and the adult public.
The same can be said for the section, "Pythagoras and his Theorem", where a series of puzzles leads the visitors to discover the many facets of one of the most famous theorems of geometry, perhaps the best-known of all mathematical results.
Finally, the third section is of a historical nature and entitled, "A Bridge on the Mediterranean". It traces the affairs of Leonardo Fibonacci and his "Liber Abaci", and illustrates the passage of mathematics from the Arab world to medieval Europe. All the exhibitions have a catalogue.
In addition to its periodically renewed exhibition sections, Archimedes’ Garden also promotes workshop activities reserved to schools.
Texts by Enrico Giusti
English translation by Victor Beard
Last update 23/feb/2008