In the month that brings us Valentine’s Day, we recommend giving the special love-themed pathway at the Copernicus Science Centre a try. We guarantee that you will feel your heart-rate surge! Look for the special signs marking the exhibits that make up the path.
1. Electronic Poet
Electribalt will compose a love poem, sonnet, or haiku for you. Believe us: he’s an amazing wordsmith! All he needs is a bit of inspiration.
This ingenious robot is modelled after a character in a story by Polish science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem. Unlike his fictional namesake, our artist does not pose any danger to space traffic, but he does know how to put together words using a complex algorithm, manipulating grammar and coming up with excellent rhymes.
2. Be Still My Beating Heart
Check to see whether your two hearts really do beat as one. Do they both beat faster when you are close to one another?
Many hit songs are based on the tendency of the human heart to adapt to the rhythm of a musical background. A regular rhythm can also affect our behaviour – it can trigger alarm and alertness, or calmness and relaxation. The rhythm of the heart shapes our music, and vice versa.
3. The Pleasure Room
Do you truly know each other well? Try to manipulate the mood of your beloved.
Our degree of emotional reactivity determines how intensely certain stimuli can affect us. For very sensitive individuals, it is easy to influence the emotions they experience by manipulating light, colour, melody, and sound volume.
4. Flirt or Failure?
When we are flirting, we behave in a very distinctive way. Our facial expressions, gestures, and the way we speak all change. Are you good at reading such body language?
Nonverbal communication is a crucial element of flirtation. An accidental touch, a toss of the hair, a blink of the eyes. These are ways we discretely convey information about our desire to become more intimate.
5. MICROLIFE. How do they reproduce?
All organisms are born, develop, and die. Let’s take a look at how beings so tiny that they are invisible to the naked eye manage to ensure the continuation of their species.
Courtship and relationships are not just the domain of humans. Some spiders entrance their female partners by dancing, and some flatworms pair up for their whole lives. And this romance truly is for keeps – they actually grow together into a single organism.
6. Sense of Time
It feels like time stops when we are in love. Does music also affect the way we sense the flow of time? Find out for yourself.
Sometimes we don’t know how the day has whizzed past. Other times, a single minute can seem like an hour. Our subjective sense of time is affected by a wide range of external factors, including lighting and music.
7. Diffraction Helmets
Love, they say, is not about gazing at one another, but together gazing off in the same direction. Try it out using these special helmets.
Observing the spectrum of light takes a certain amount of skill (much like maintaining a harmonious relationship). At the centre of the field of vision, there is an undiffracted image of the observed object. To see the diffraction, look a bit to the left or right of the central image.
8. Magic Carpet Ride
Lovebirds feel like they are floating a few centimetres above the ground. Here you can experience such a sensation for real.
A hovercraft is a vehicle that floats on a thin layer of air, pumped out between the floor and the bottom of the craft. One of its great advantages is the ability to move easily both over water and land.
A hurricane of feelings, a tsunami of desire, an emotional roller-coaster ride. Try out this exhibit, and you will be one bit readier when love shakes the ground beneath your feet.
For one minute you will feel an earthquake of about 5 on the Richter scale, an experience comparable to the strongest quakes ever recorded in Poland. The greatest shocks ever recorded on the Earth were of magnitude 9.