Math gets a bad rap as one of the dullest academic subjects, but a new pioneering gallery at London's Science Museum could help build a better appreciation of the vital field. Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled plans for a new interactive mathematics exhibition that will be funded by an unprecedented £5 million gift by donors David and Claudia Harding. The project will aim to become the "world's foremost gallery of mathematics."
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.
“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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