Back to the future


“If you walk into the brand new Teaching Lab you will come across a small showcase displaying a hyperbolic paraboloid – ‘a saddle’ in plain English. The paraboloid dates back to the late 19th century. It was used to show the mathematical saddle point. It’s German made, under the guidance of Prof. Alexander von Brill, who believed that shapes like this would stimulate the imagination. It is for reasons like this that the Teaching Lab and Library joint forces to show our legacy tuned to teaching. In the Teaching Lab, we regularly ask one of the Delft teachers and educators to go with the librarians into the heritage deposit of the library and ‘shop around’ in the collection, find an object and tell their personal story relating the object to teaching and education. The Teaching Lab centers around improving and innovating our current teaching, but we like to paint with this small showcase the educational developments over the years via personal stories. These can be memories, associations or any other personal twist that comes to mind, but always highlighting education. With these stories we hope to inspire everyone coming to the Teaching Lab. Educating was, is and will be one of the most important human activities as it opens doors, minds, possibilities and makes dreams possible. The library and the Teaching Lab share via this showcase the joy of educating.”

Professor Rob Mudde – Academic director of the Teaching Lab

Educating is one of the most important human activities as it opens doors, minds, and makes dreams possible.


Hyperbolic paraboloid – bridging the past and present


More information: Jules Schoonman – presentation policy advisor TU Delft Librbary Academic Heritage Team

Rob Mudde
Annoesjka Cabo 

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