__Visit to Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at The Science Museum on Thursday 22 ^{nd} February.__

After ten years of teaching Maths, I was excited to visit Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at The Science Museum. Take care not to miss Babbage’s difference engine (which I nearly did) as it sits outside the Gallery. This is a machine using Babbage’s mid 19^{th} century design but constructed after his death. It is essentially a calculator that can calculate the outputs to, say, the equation y = x^{2}+ 3. Something that is now easily done on modern calculators using the table function.

Entering the Gallery, Zaha Hadid’s representation of the simulated airflow around an aeroplane is stunning, futuristic & colourful. It is surrounded by a fantastic collection of memorabilia covering diverse fields of study, commerce & uses for mathematics in the real world; perspective, proportion, architecture, marine, computing, trigonometry, medicine, probability & risk, aviation, weights & measures to name a few.

Here are a couple of the items in more detail.

An elaborate competitor to the current set square

I was particularly interested to see this item which has come from my home town of Harpenden but what a monstrosity. I feel fortunate to live in a time of the laptop not to mention tablet and smart phone.

Items I would like to see in my museum;

**Cuisenaire rods** – precision made to 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 centimetres.

Useful for adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, ratio, proportion, algebra,

Pythagoras, length, area, volume, symmetry, story telling….. & no doubt many more.

**The Platonic Solids** – the five regular solids

**A Slide Rule to Maths Tables to A ClassWiz**

Here is an example of finding Sin(15˚)

**A Maths Timeline**

(The diagram is only an approximation)

Written by J Forsythe. Any misrepresentations, errors or omissions please let me know at jforsythe@passion4maths.com