Opens on 8 December 2016
How has mathematics shaped our world?
Our bold and thought-provoking new gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, examines the fundamental role mathematicians, their tools and ideas have played in building the world we live in.
From war and peace to life, death, money, trade and beauty, the objects in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery reveal how mathematics connects to every aspect of our lives.
Mathematics: The Winton Gallery tells powerful stories about the work of mathematicians in the broadest sense, from salespeople to sailors, aircraft engineers to bankers, and gamblers to garden designers.
These stories span 400 years of human ingenuity from the renaissance to the present day, with objects ranging from intriguing hand-held mathematical instruments to a 1929 experimental aircraft:
The curved overhead structure and layout of the gallery represents airflow around the Handley Page aircraft suspended at its centre. The design was driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry, which are still an important area of mathematical research. Dame Zaha Hadid trained first in mathematics before studying architecture, and the work of her practice is strongly informed by ideas about geometry.
Zaha Hadid architects
Zaha Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 1979. Each of ZHA's projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher for almost three decades, Hadid's pioneering vision redefined architecture for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe. Her legacy is embedded within the DNA of the design studio she created as ZHA's projects combine the unwavering belief in the power of invention with concepts of connectivity and fluidity.
Image credits: Visit / Highlights/ Architecture header images © Nick Guttridge
With additional support from:
Adrian and Jacqui Beecroft
Iain and Jane Bratchie
The Keniston-Cooper Charitable Trust
Dr Martin Schoernig
Steve Mobbs and Pauline Thomas