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The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery will be delivered as part of the Science Museum’s £60 million redevelopment master plan, which will transform a third of the museum over the next five years. Designed with Hadid’s signature curves, the gallery will be split into three zones: mathematicians; mathematical applications in our everyday lives; and mathematical tools and ideas. Interactive exhibits will tell a fluid narrative of how mathematicians have shaped the world around us starting from the turn of the 17th century to the present. A Handley Page aircraft, a large 1929 British experimental aircraft that will hang from the gallery ceiling, forms a major focal point of the gallery.

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“We hope the gallery will bring pleasure and interest to Science Museum visitors and feel privileged to be able to associate ourselves with it. Mathematics is a fascinating and mysterious but, for some, forbidding subject,” says David Harding. “The new gallery has been created to convey something of that fascination in a way that will appeal to a wide audience.” The gallery is slated to open in 2016.

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