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All time in the world - from the Big Bang to the time
6 December until 31 December 2020

Museum Mensch und Natur

Time determines our life. Almost every one of us focuses day in, day after day on the clock - according to dates and time constraints. It goes without saying that we realize how days, weeks, months and years pass - and become aware of the fact that one's own lifetime is limited. So, time is something that is commonplace, something that affects us all, and that we find difficult to understand and explain. In the exhibition "All Time of the World", the Museum Mensch und Natur dedicates itself to this multi-faceted subject and has been able to win the renowned astrophysicist and science journalist Harald Lesch to accompany our visitors on their journey through time and space. Numerous exhibits, spectacular pictures and stagings as well as hands-on objects and special children's stations make the exhibition an experience for young and old.

A journey through time and space
With an impressive installation, the exhibition leads back to the beginning of all things - the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Ever larger and better telescopes allow us today to look not only at unbelievable distances, but also deeper into the past and thus into the early days of the universe. The history of the Earth, which originated about 4.55 billion years ago, represents the second part of the exhibition. Among other things, the oldest minerals and rocks of the earth with an age of more than 4 billion years can be admired here. Numerous exhibits show how the earth is still in a constant process of change and fossils take us through various periods of geological history.

Time and life
For living things, time is an elementary factor that affects them in many ways. All higher living beings go through a cycle of growth, reproduction and aging that ultimately leads to death. However, the duration and course of this process differ significantly - some plants and animals live only a few weeks, others reach an age of hundreds or even more than 1,000 years. The exhibition therefore shows examples of particularly extreme ages and development paths. However, time is also a factor for living beings, according to which life processes are controlled and coordinated. Practically all living beings therefore have internal clocks whose function has been extensively researched in recent years and decades. For us too, living in harmony with the internal clock is important in order to stay healthy and productive. In addition to classic experiments and insights into the inner clock, for example, the question of a meaningful division of time zones is discussed.

Copyright: Thomas Greifenstein, HIPP


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