Interior of Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, with the Handley Page aircraft in the center.
The Facts
NAME: Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
IT'S: an exhibition about how mathematicians have shaped history and science

08-12-2016

OPENED: December 08th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: The Science Museum
LOCATION: Kensington
ADDRESS: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD.
CLOSEST TUBE: South Kensington
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Sunday 10am-6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 020 7942 4000
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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

OPENED 352 DAYS AGO

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is a new gallery in West London’s Science Museum.

The gallery is devoted to mathematicians and their work, which means it’s not really about math, but about people: our achievements, our history, and our ceaseless dedication to progress and creativity.

Art in Architecture; Beauty in Math

A structural representation of airflow patterns around an aircraft at Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the gallery took over two years to build. A building devoted entirely to math doesn’t sound like it would be aesthetically appealing, but it is – in fact, we’d call it downright beautiful. Hadid’s design reminds us that math, like art, is just another way of examining form and patterns in the world.

One of the core themes of the gallery is that math has shaped the world – but that the field of mathematics in turn has been influenced by human needs and activities, like travel, survival, money and war.

The centerpiece of the gallery is a Handley Page aircraft, suspended in the middle of the space. The gallery’s layout and curving overhead structures within it represent airflow patterns around the plane, based on equations used in the aviation industry.

And that’s not even the main exhibition.

Life, the Universe and Everything

Islamic astrolabe from the 17th century at Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is about more than just math. At the gallery, visitors are transported to centuries long past and all over the world. The exhibition is not about the technicalities of math, but about mathematicians, their stories and how their contributions have shaped the course of history.

From the Renaissance period to the modern era; from sailors to engineers to gamblers – these stories give a broad overview of how math permeates every aspect of life and defines the world.

Some of the pieces featured in the exhibition include an analog computer known as MONIAC, from 1949; a scale model of the Globtik Tokyo oil tanker, from 1973; and an Islamic astrolabe, a tool used by astronomers to study the position of celestial bodies in the sky, from 1666.

Covering “400 years of human ingenuity,” the gallery still shows only a fraction of the impact mathematicians have had on the world – but it’s a start.

If you’re hungry after your journey through history, head to nearby Honest Burgers or Squirrel. And keep checking our Just Opened Map for London’s latest openings; it updates weekly with new things to do around the city.

Words by Brittany B.

The Facts
NAME: Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
IT'S: an exhibition about how mathematicians have shaped history and science

08-12-2016

OPENED: December 08th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: The Science Museum
LOCATION: Kensington
ADDRESS: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD.
CLOSEST TUBE: South Kensington
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Sunday 10am-6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 020 7942 4000
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram