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by Claudio Bartocci and Luigi Civalleri


scienceeducation
from sat 22 june 2019
to sat 30 november 2019
from h 09.00 to h 20.00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto
Via Aristea, 21 - Metaponto Metaponto (MT)
Included in the Matera 2019 Passport

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Pythagoras believed that numbers were the beginning of everything, and today, 2,500 years later, we live in a world that is dominated by numbers, calculations and quantification. The aim of this exhibition is to tell this story and to help us understand the extent to which mathematics enters our lives, even though we may often not realize it.

There can be no doubt: numbers, calculations and measurements are everywhere. Despite the fact that many people try to stay away from them and still have unpleasant memories from their schooldays, they remain an inevitable component of human culture. The exhibition starts from this underlying idea and tackles the dual, fascinating essence of numbers. On the one hand they are natural objects the human brain is predisposed to handle with no problem, and they are useful, too, because society needs to quantify and measure. On the other hand, however, they are also artificial, social objects, refined mathematical constructions and cultural outcomes. From the most ancient of times, numbers have embodied beauty and mystery, and have represented the mirror in which we enigmatically reinterpret the harmony of the cosmos.

The route the exhibition follows begins with an examination of our innate capacity to calculate, and then moves on to the discovery that there is a powerful cultural component in everyday gestures such as counting, writing numbers and calculating accounts. We then pass on to the tricks humans have developed to overcome their intrinsic limitations: the invention, starting in prehistoric times, of tools to help us make calculations. At this point, we take a leap from 'pure' numbers to those that are in some sense 'applied' – that is, numbers that we use to measure – and we see how much quantification has become a fundamental element of modern society. Finally, we take a tour of some famous numbers, and touch on that most fleeting of concepts, the infinite. We do all this without ever ignoring history, accompanied by the enigmatic figure of Pythagoras, who has returned to the places where he was a venerated master of life.


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