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Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

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Event Information

  • Date & Time: Sept. 27, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, 9am-5pm
  • Location: Origen Museum
  • Admission: FREE for members or with paid general admission.
  • RSVP: No reservations required.

Never look at the world the same way again. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze is an interactive and immersive exhibit that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world--from the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower's seeds, to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, to the layout of the universe--providing a unique perspective of our daily surroundings.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is an 1,800-square-foot elaborate mirror maze in which guests can explore and navigate a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. Interactive elements throughout the exhibit allow for hands-on learning to understand that math is all around us in everyday life, revealing the beauty of our world through numbers.

Hand-on exhibit features include:

  • Drawing patterns on a digital screen and seeing real-world objects that show that same pattern.
  • Using templates to try to align a spiral to a series of objects from nature and the man-made world.
  • Striking poses in front of a two-way mirror while a projection superimposes patterns and proportions on your body in real time.
  • Composing a piece of music using symmetry and hearing your creations played back.
  • Comparing similar patterns in architecture from varying parts of the world--from the Taj Mahal to the Beijing National Stadium--built millennia apart.

Designed and developed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

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