Constantly and everywhere, we are surrounded by waves – even if we can only perceive some of them: water waves, sound waves, earthquake waves, light. However, waves are not only omnipresent in our lives, but are used for a wide variety of applications – in medicine, for communication, when looking into Earth or in navigation.
With large-format, colourful illustrations and many hands-on exhibits, the exhibition invites you to playfully discover the relevance, beauty and power of waves with all your senses.
Listen to the waves, feel their energy and experiment with them: let earthquake waves dance in our fountain, listen like a dolphin and measure the radiation of your mobile phone.
Find out how very different applications make use of the same wave properties. For example, measuring the thickness of a glacier and the ultrasound examination of an unborn baby have much more in common than is apparent at first glance. And the way we use our ears to determine where a sound is coming from is similar to determining a location using GPS.
Let yourself be carried away and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of waves – in nature, art, everyday life and research.
Please bring your own headphones, if possible.The contents of the exhibition are available online as well as in an illustrated book in German and English.
A rich framework programme accompanies the exhibition with workshops, guided tours, public talks and much more.
focusTerra - ETH Zurich
+41 44 632 62 81
Tram 6/9/10: ETH/Universitätsspital
Until Sun, 05/03/2023
Closed on public holidays. For details see website