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Milestones of Science - Masterpieces of Art
International Pi Day
14.3.2021 is international "Pi Day", which celebrates the circular number Pi π. The date goes back to the US date format 3/14, which are also the first three digits of π: 3.14. The Mathematisch-Physikalische Salon congratulates and shows three objects from its collection in short clips, each 3.14 minutes long, which have a special relation to π due to their circular shape.
Without thinking twice, we glance at our watch or phone, navigate from A to B using our GPS or google the weather. What today are smartphones, iPads and laptops were, just under three hundred years ago, telescopes, pocket watches and orreries. August the Strong collected the high-tech inventions of his time and brought them together in the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon.
It is the oldest museum in the famous Baroque complex of the Dresden Zwinger and now has a completely redesigned exhibition showing an array of devices used over past centuries for measuring the world.
The Saxon Greenwich
It was also August the Strong who, in 1728, established the »Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments« as an independent museum in the Zwinger. Shortly afterwards, the first inventory was produced. In 1746 the museum was given the name it still bears today.