"Forms and Forces" - Tour of the Vaihingen Campus

September 20, 2022

A mathematical-physical walk to art by Prof. Dr. Markus Stroppel, Dr. Marc Scheffler and Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing (FH) Katja Stefanie Engstler

The tour "Forms and Forces" [DE] is about objects on the Vaihingen campus that contain mathematics or physics partly clearly, partly hidden. The latter probably even in the majority of cases: Even if one knows the campus well as a student or employee of the university and experiences it regularly in one way or another, there are possibly even very large-scale "things" especially on the central "learning street", which are often only perceived casually or not at all, but which are worth a closer look and which can then awaken a variety of associations.

In ten stations, Prof. Markus Stroppel, Dr. Marc Scheffler and Katja Stefanie Engstler explain mathematical and physical phenomena using works of art and elements that shape the outdoor space on the Vaihingen campus. They were erected between 1978 and 1985 on the "Lernstraße", which stretches from the bus loop to the refectory, and they show once again that mathematics and physics are omnipresent - and hopefully provide a lot of fun in the manifold discoveries!

The tour can be accessed online via the website [DE]. The stations are also available in a booklet [DE] (PDF) for reading and recalculating.

For children from 8 to 12 years, an activity sheet [DE] has been designed. It can be printed out and taken along on the tour - don't forget a pencil! For home use, there are also craft instructions for the octagon and the cube net [DE].

Interview with Katja Steafnie Engstler on the "Forms and Forces" tour

Formen und Kräfte [DE]

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