San José, Costa Rica

2 November - 10 December 2017
Villa Olimpica

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A newly configured and designed exhibition on basic research. Zoom Image
A newly configured and designed exhibition on basic research.


Max Planck Science Tunnel 3.0

Today, new technologies build on a broad spectrum of scientific findings. Fundamental discoveries in one discipline can lead to crucial advances in completely different areas tomorrow. In all probability, this tendency will only intensify in the future. Or, to put it another way, after centuries of diversification, the life sciences, natural sciences and engineering disciplines are converging once again. This is the cusp on which the sciences are poised today – and, now and then, also caught in a balancing act: developing models and theories with increasingly precise instruments, while simultaneously seeking wide-ranging solutions to some of the fundamental problems facing humanity. Topical examples include ensuring the global supply of food, medical care and energy.

The Max Planck Science Tunnel addresses the megatrends of the 21st century. It takes you on a journey through the major issues of basic research, from the origins of space, the idiosyncrasies of the wonder that is the brain, to the vision of sustainable energy supplies. Objects, illustrations, interviews, films and experiential media spaces of augmented reality provide an introduction to the topics, offer insights and create a network interlinking future technologies. The new Max Planck Science Tunnel premiered at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn before beginning its journey around the world.

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in the former headquarters of Nixdorf Computer AG is the world's largest computer museum. It provides encyclopaedic details of the cultural history of information technology in a journey through time spanning five millennia, from the emergence of numbers and writing through to the 21st century. The following stops are being planned for the Science Tunnel in Europe and Asia.

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