Collection of Mathematical Models and Instruments

Collections of the University of Stuttgart

at the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics houses an extensive collection of mathematical models and instruments, as well as the pedagogical collection of 3D prints at the LExMath.

The mathematical models were used to illustrate geometric correlations in teaching, engineering education, and for research purposes. The plaster models from the Ludwig Brill publishing house produced in the 19th century are probably the oldest models in the collection. In addition, there are models made of wood, metal, paper, plastic, thread models and rotating models as well as models for projection. The collection was supplemented by the former Mathematical Institute until 1978.

The mathematical instruments include planimeters, integrimeters and harmonic analyzers as well as various calculation tools such as slide rules and rollers. They were used in the field of applied mathematics and engineering education.

The collection of 3D prints is currently used in the training of engineers and scientists, offering in particular sets of identical models for use in practice groups and specially developed exercises for students to enhance their understanding and spatial imagination.

Contact persons:

Prof. Dr. Frederik Witt
Apl. Prof. Dr. Jens Wirth
Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. (FH) Katja Stefanie Engstler

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