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 premieres at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn before beginning its journey around the world.