“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements – transportation, communications, and all other industries, agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment, and even the key democratic institution of voting – profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.
This is a prescription for disaster.”
Have you ever tried to shop at an electronics store and realized you were simply not informed enough to make an educated choice? Are you disoriented by newspaper headlines on new fundamental particles, new astronomical observations, new computer viruses, and have trouble piecing all this information together?
It is natural to feel this way. During its history, science has gone through times when the connection with the public was lost, ideas failed to circulate, and technical skills were only known to and practiced by a minority. Due to the accelerated pace of modern science, we are going through one of these phases right now.
Many scientists in the past have worked to close this gap, and many inventors and creative minds in history have claimed back their right to experiment with and discover nature independently, outside of lecture halls and professional labs. From the natural philosophers of Ancient Greece, to Galileo’s choice to write his scientific texts in the people’s language rather than Latin, to the visionaries of the 1970s that developed personal computers in their garages, many people in the past have fought to make science truly accessible, and when they have succeeded, great things have followed.
At Wissenswerkstatt Berlin, we believe that everyone has the right to understand how the world works. Unlike other science initiatives, our mission is to help you design your individual journey of discovery in science and technology, no matter what your age or background is. We pursue our mission through a combination of practical activities, such as interactive courses, discussions, and experiments. The learning groups are always small (each consisting of at most ten people) and are always coordinated by professional scientists. This will give you the chance to interact with real experts in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Such a combination of individual, direct, interactive learning is what makes Wissenswerkstatt Berlin truly unique.
Wissenswerkstatt Berlin organizes activities in physics, computing, electronics, mathematics, and astronomy. We also help you stay up-to-date with new developments through our special events, including a Café Scientifique, visits, and themed workshops. Our activities are described in detail in theActivities page.