Arithmetic – History of a cultural technique

Thomas-Arithmomètre, around 1850
Thomas-Arithmomètre, around 1850

Arithmetic became indispensable for business and management some 5,000 years ago with the flourishing of the first civilisations. But this cultural technique was mastered by very few people, administrators, merchants and scholars among them.
Numbers, number words and written number symbols were required before proper calculating could begin. Number systems which permitted simple calculations were developed over time in a long-drawn-out process.
The Arithmetic tour explains the evolutionary process from counting tools all the way to high-performance computers.

General information

Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Languages: on request
Cost: Tues – Fri: € 35
plus admission charge
Sat/Sun: € 45
plus admission charge
Group size: max. 25 persons

Advance notification is required.

Please book four weeks beforehand, if possible.

Guided tours must be cancelled at least ten days before the booked date. Read more on our cancellation policy here.

Phone registration: 05251/306-660
E-mail: service(at)


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