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Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

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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