Exploratorium’s Accidental Scientist: Science of Music

On the occasion of the International Music Day, Exploratorium’s Accidental Scientist: Science of Music. ‘What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions. […]

The Delicious Chemistry of Chocolate

The Sweet Lure of Chocolate. Chocolate. There are few foods that people feel as passionate about – a passion that goes beyond a love for the “sweetness” of most candies or desserts: after all, few people crave caramel, whipped cream, or bubble gum. Chocolate is, well, different. For the true chocoholic, just thinking about chocolate […]


Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception. ‘Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 15,000 Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics. We currently serve eighteen million visitors a year. That makes us one […]

The Pleasure of Cycling Explained

Science of Cycling. ‘Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires? What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient? What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs? How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the […]