ARCHIMEDES: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INVENTION

Archimedes is a thrilling, state-of-the-art multimedia journey to experience the science, history, and inventions of the greatest scientist of antiquity. Premiering in Sicily’s Galleria Civica Montevergini and developed by Museo Galileo in Florence, this new STEM-rich vision of Archimedes takes visitors on a voyage of discovery to explore the technical and scientific culture of the ancient Mediterranean, in which the city of Syracuse played a role of unquestioned importance and splendor.

Visitors will enter the exhibition through a gallery fitted with 16 video projectors, for a 360-degree multimedia experience that introduces a spectacular interactive exploration. They are plunged into the heart of ancient Syracuse in the 3rd century BC, when it was the capital of Magna Graecia and the central Mediterranean, the city in which the great scientist lived and worked, devised his astonishing inventions, and was ultimately slain by the sword of a conquering Roman soldier.

This is only the beginning of the multifaceted exploration which includes over twenty working models of machines and devices traditionally attributed to Archimedes, including the hydraulic and endless screws, burning mirrors, water clock, steam cannon (credited to Archimedes by Leonardo da Vinci), and the mechanical planetarium that was taken to Rome as part of the spoils of war after the city fell. Each is accompanied by interactive videos, explanatory texts, and quotations, making Archimedes’ mechanical, scientific, and mathematical discoveries accessible to all audiences.

Align this exhibition with your STEM initiatives by developing programs that explore the accomplishments of Archimedes that still impact science innovation today.

The exhibition was conceived by Museo Galileo in Florence, one of the world’s leading institutions in scientific museology and research, and curated by Giovanni Di Pasquale.

 

Organized with Civita Mostre e Musei

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