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Zaha Hadid's new gallery highlights importance of math

The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
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The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections
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The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections
The Winton Gallery is named after a British investment management firm
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The Winton Gallery is named after a British investment management firm
The Winton Gallery is the first permanent public museum exhibition designed by Zaha Hadid Architects 
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The Winton Gallery is the first permanent public museum exhibition designed by Zaha Hadid Architects 
The Winton Gallery is also the first of Hadid's projects to open in the UK since her death in March
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The Winton Gallery is also the first of Hadid's projects to open in the UK since her death in March
The Winton Gallery features the late starchitect's signature curves
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The Winton Gallery features the late starchitect's signature curves
The Winton Gallery's curving design is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
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The Winton Gallery's curving design is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
Engineering giant Arup handled lighting for the gallery and produced what it calls a "wind tunnel of light"
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Engineering giant Arup handled lighting for the gallery and produced what it calls a "wind tunnel of light"
Zaha Hadid had a keen personal interest in mathematics herself, which definitely informed her work
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Zaha Hadid had a keen personal interest in mathematics herself, which definitely informed her work
The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
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The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
The Winton Gallery is free to visit and opens 8th December, 2016
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The Winton Gallery is free to visit and opens 8th December, 2016
The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 
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The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 
Notable pieces in the Winton Gallery include a WWII Enigma Machine
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Notable pieces in the Winton Gallery include a WWII Enigma Machine
The aim of the Winton Gallery is to highlight how mathematics has shaped the world
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The aim of the Winton Gallery is to highlight how mathematics has shaped the world
The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane
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The Winton Gallery is centered around a suspended Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane

Zaha Hadid's new mathematics gallery opens at the London Science Museum tomorrow. Containing over 100 pieces from the museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections, the exhibition highlights how mathematics has shaped the world.

Named after a British investment management firm, the Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is the first permanent public museum exhibition designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and the first of Hadid's projects to open in the UK since her death in March.

The gallery features an illuminated canopy sporting the starchitect's familiar curves and is centered around a Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane, suspended from the ceiling. Built in 1929 for a competition to construct safe aircraft, the wing's aerodynamic design played an important part in shifting public opinion about the safety of flying.

The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 
The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 

Other notable pieces include a WWII-era Enigma Machine, a Moniac mechanical computer, a 17th century Islamic astrolabe that uses ancient mathematical techniques to map the night sky, and a box of glass eyes used by Sir Francis Galton in his development of eugenics theories.

Engineering firm Arup handled wiring and lighting for the project, and produced what it calls a "wind tunnel of light," which highlights how air would move around the Gugnunc aircraft's wings.

Hadid herself professed a keen interest in mathematics. "When I was growing up in Iraq, math was an everyday part of life," said the British-Iraqi architect before her death. "We would play with math problems just as we would play with pens and paper to draw – math was like sketching."

The Winton Gallery is free to visit and opens tomorrow, December 8, at the London Science Museum.

Sources: ZHA, London Science Museum

Zaha Hadid's new mathematics gallery opens at the London Science Museum tomorrow. Containing over 100 pieces from the museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections, the exhibition highlights how mathematics has shaped the world.

Named after a British investment management firm, the Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is the first permanent public museum exhibition designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and the first of Hadid's projects to open in the UK since her death in March.

The gallery features an illuminated canopy sporting the starchitect's familiar curves and is centered around a Handley Page "Gugnunc" airplane, suspended from the ceiling. Built in 1929 for a competition to construct safe aircraft, the wing's aerodynamic design played an important part in shifting public opinion about the safety of flying.

The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 
The Winton Gallery contains over 100 pieces from the London Science Museum's voluminous science, technology, mathematics, and engineering collections 

Other notable pieces include a WWII-era Enigma Machine, a Moniac mechanical computer, a 17th century Islamic astrolabe that uses ancient mathematical techniques to map the night sky, and a box of glass eyes used by Sir Francis Galton in his development of eugenics theories.

Engineering firm Arup handled wiring and lighting for the project, and produced what it calls a "wind tunnel of light," which highlights how air would move around the Gugnunc aircraft's wings.

Hadid herself professed a keen interest in mathematics. "When I was growing up in Iraq, math was an everyday part of life," said the British-Iraqi architect before her death. "We would play with math problems just as we would play with pens and paper to draw – math was like sketching."

The Winton Gallery is free to visit and opens tomorrow, December 8, at the London Science Museum.

Sources: ZHA, London Science Museum

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