Arithmetic – History of a cultural technique

Replica of a warazan, a Japanese counting aid
Replica of a warazan, a Japanese counting aid

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 14 days beforehand if possible. We regret that bookings for tours which are not cancelled at least two working days in advance of the booked date will be charged for in full.

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