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Gedankenexperiment Opening Reception

Friday, June 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Gedankenexperiment Opening Reception

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A sculpture by Jeff Chyatte


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Washington Sculptors Group invite you to a reception celebrating GEDANKENEXPERIMENT, a new exhibit in the AAAS Art Gallery that explores the concept of thought experiments through sculpture, at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 20.


Join GEDANKENEXPERIMENT juror Sarah Tanguy, curator for the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies program, and three of the artists for a brief discussion about scientific thought experiments through the ages and how the concept inspired some of the featured work. A reception will follow, and artists will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibit.


Thought experiments consider the effects of a hypothesis or theory that cannot easily be tested in the physical world. German-born physicist Albert Einstein used the term gedankenexperiment to describe his use of conceptual rather than actual experiments to create the theories of special and general relativity. Famous examples of thought experiments include Schrödinger's cat, a Turing machine, Maxwell's demon, and the broken window fallacy.


Inspired by scientific and mathematical theories, hypotheses, and principles from Archimedes, the I Ching, geology, geometry, architecture, and more, the artists featured in GEDANKENEXPERIMENT have conducted their own thought experiments, resulting in the sculptural expressions—incorporating wood, metals, paper, computer parts, and limestone—featured in this show.


AAAS is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW at the corner of 12th and H Streets NW, in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact


Tweeting about this show? Use the hashtag #aaaswsgshow


A sculpture by James Kessler


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American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

Friday, June 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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