# What is the impact of interactive mathematical experiments?

### Albrecht Beutelspacher

Mathematikum Giessen, Germany

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## Abstract

In this article we look at mathematical experiments, in particular those shown in mathematical science centers. Although some mathematicians have the sneaking suspicion that such experiments are far too superficial and do not correspond to proper mathematics, we try to show that in fact mathematical experiments provide an ideal first step for the general public into mathematics.