The Waterliniemuseum, situated at Fort Vechten, unfolds the impressive tale of the 300-year-old Dutch Waterline. The museum hosts a range of exhibitions that delve deeply into themes such as war, history, water, and nature.
This summer, 3 researchers, guided by FAAM, delved into the history and archives of these captivating locations. Among them, mathematician and science communication student Valerie Derks immersed herself in the work of the engineer and mathematician Simon Stevin (1548-1620), one of the driving forces behind the Dutch Waterline. Alongside Prince Maurits (1567-1625), Stevin had a significant impact on fortification, particularly in the development of the Waterline. Stevin was no ordinary figure; he was the first to make additions to Archimedes’ work (Eureka!). Additionally, Valerie explored fractals: complex geometric shapes intricately linked to the design of the forts that are part of the Dutch Waterlines.
Through her research, Valerie kick-started the creative journey of three young artists: Tanja Steenbeek, Alana van der Valk, and Patrick Abma, who crafted new works inspired by Valerie’s investigations.