The Discovery Center will offer three different experiences to the visitor. Each of the three sections could stand alone, but together they provide a wider,
more diversely interesting and forward-looking approach to explain the legacy and the man – Albert Einstein.
I. Who Was Albert Einstein?
Albert Einstein’s career and various facets of his personality are illuminated:
- Responsibility as a natural scientist,
- Humanist and pacifist,
- his attitude towards fascism,
- his view of Judaism,
- his political and social activities and
- his relationship to his birthplace Ulm.
Original exhibits such as Einstein’s letters from the city archive or other loans, and various furnishings are on display. In special events, contemporary witnesses and descendants of the Einstein family are to have their say virtually.
Einstein’s year of birth 1879: the visitor is immersed in life in Ulm around 1879 through multimedia installations.
The virtual journey “On the tracks of Albert Einstein in Ulm” builds a bridge to the present. It is intended to invite visitors to make their way to the historic old town of Ulm after their visit to the museum in order to meet Albert Einstein at places associated with Einstein and his family.
II. Impact of Einstein’s Theories on Our Modern World
Albert Einstein’s research on the structure of matter, space and time and on the nature of gravitation significantly changed the modern physical world view. The technology exhibition is dedicated to Albert Einstein’s theories and shows how they influence our modern life.
One example is the theory of relativity: The technology of satellite navigation has long since been integrated into our everyday lives, in agriculture and in traffic management on land, at sea and in the air. GPS receivers are playing an increasingly important role as orientation aids and for determining our position. But what is behind GPS? How does it work?
Einstein’s other main areas of research will be addressed:
- The equivalence principle and the equation E = mc²
- Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER)
- Brownian molecular motion and the determination of atomic size
- Photoelectric effect and photon detectors
- Einstein and his contribution to quantum theory
The interactive exhibition provides a vivid, entertaining and understandable introduction to the world of his theories. Multifaceted presentations of Einstein’s theories illustrate the connections between science, technology and everyday life. Interactive exploration options, multimedia stations, visualizations and computer animations provide easy access for a broad public.
III. Science Center
Here visitors are introduced to technical and scientific phenomena and connections through interactive experimental stations. The focus here is on self-determined and independent action that arouses curiosity and interest in scientific topics.
The aim is to create a positive approach to science and technology and to encourage young people to decide to study or pursue a career in the MINT field.
The Science Center focuses on key aspects of Albert Einstein’s work:
Between 250 and 300 experimental stations and travelling exhibitions are planned, which can be tried out and explored by visitors at their leisure and without time limits. The Discovery Center will focus on technological and scientific phenomena of the 20th century.
Live demonstrations in a so-called “science show” will complement the experimental stations and are intended to inspire the audience with spectacular experiments with surprising and astonishing results. Laboratories are available as an extracurricular learning space for in-depth experiments. Workshops on various topics are also offered for both pupils and adults.