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“What holds the world together at its core” (Goethe, Faust I) – on an area of about 270 square meters the new exhibition on atomic physics deals with nothing less than a fundamental question of mankind. A symbolical “nucleus” in its centre works as central experimental field, where visitors are invited to use interactive demonstrations to find answers to elementary questions of atomic, nuclear and particle physics. In this exhibition the small particles with the huge power are tracked with scenographys and information graphics, with tactile atomic models and media stations. The history of nuclear science and current projects are covered with numerous original exhibits – from the first german cyclotron to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – and stagings like “Schrödinger’s cat” or the research reactor in Garching.