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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum celebrates its 5th anniversary

Mathematical practice underpins so many aspects of our lives and work. The Winton Gallery brings together these remarkable stories, people and exhibits. Since its opening in December 2016, the gallery has inspired millions people of all ages to think about the role of mathematics in a new light.

Defined by the 1929 Handley Page 'Gugnunc' aircraft at its centre, The Winton Gallery’s design is driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry; creating geometries representing the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight.

“This pioneering project (with lighting by Arup has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development. The project is finished to an exacting standard… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered,” explained the gallery’s RIBA Award citation in 2017.

The Sunday Times concurred, “An environment that fills you with wonder. I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.”

London Science Museum

Photograph by Matt Danby (archifocussed)