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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery 

Research Trip

For our brief, we have been asked to find a way to attract Young adults between the age of 20-30 year old, living in London to the 'Mathematics: The Winton gallery' in the Science Museu. Do this via an interactive piece of work that relates to the exhibition. So as part of the research for this w went to see the exhibition to see what was included and what we could build off in the process of creating a piece of work to attract the young adults.   

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.
— https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/mathematics-winton-gallery

When you enter the exaction the first thing you see is this incredible structure surrounding a plane hanging from ceiling representing air flow. Then below our collection of objects with stories attached to them.  Which we went round taken notes of thing that we could build off to create the interactive piece:

  • Dice (Finance, Climate, Genetics)
  • Gambling (Lottery Machine)

  • Aircraft Navigation

  • How the economy works ( Bill Phillips Prisoner of war, engineer, designed machines to help him understand the world, like the economy how non-mathematicians could understand)

  • Counting (Arithmetic counting - ancient vital part of our everyday lives, we count all the time we should celebrate our ability to handle numbers, it's like writing or talking

  • IBM Automated teller machines (Cash machines have the responsibility to retrieve and collect details of users without them being captured by criminals.

  • Perspective Diagrams (J M W Turner)

  • GPS (Measurement of signal strength)  


Harry Wilson