I. Physical Institute
Friedrich Hund 1st place
37077 Göttingen

Opening hours/access:
During the lecture period on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., otherwise by appointment

Contact person/contact:
Dr. Daniel Steil
Tel.: +49 (0551) 39-27602
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Präsentation der Sammlung

The collection shows experiments and objects from teaching and research from the beginnings of physics in Göttingen in the 18th century to the first half of the 20th century, when physics in Göttingen gained worldwide appeal. The highlights of the collection are exhibits from the time of Lichtenberg, Gauß and Weber and the beginnings of modern physics. It is not only part of teaching, but also an important contribution to the Faculty of Physics' public relations work.

Collection history:
1778-1799 lectures on experimental physics by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg with many experiments
1789 Lichtenberg sells the teaching collection to the University of Göttingen; Lichtenberg's teaching collection thus forms the basis of today's Physical Cabinet.
Continuously expanded in the following generations through important experiments and objects.
1919-1952 Robert Wichard Pohl: significant expansion of the teaching collection
2003 by Minningerode and Beuermann: New cataloging of the collection, establishment of today's Physical Cabinet
Additional information

Total number of objects:
approximately 1,200

Partial collections/convolutes:

  • Lichtenberg's teaching collection (approx. 125 objects)
  • Beckmann model collection (10 objects)

Development status:
Inventory numbers, storage location file, separate online database, card index.

State of digitalization:
Approximately 950 objects have an inventory number and are therefore recorded in the index and storage location file. Around 100 objects are already available in the collection's own public database.

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