Physics and Maths

    Albert Einstein


    Accurate measurement improves astronomy, navigation and trade.

    Strange Surfaces

    Check out these bizarre and barely-believeable mathematical surface models.

    Blog posts

    Early flying machine

    Read posts about physics on Stories from the Stores, our collections blog.


    Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, conceived in 1834, is one of the startling intellectual feats of the nineteenth century. Trace the story of the man widely regarded as the great ancestral figure of computing.

    Atomic Clocks

    The time by which we all live is now maintained by incredibly accurate atomic clocks. Find out how they work, why we need their accuracy and how they may become even better in the future.

    Atomic firsts

    Who split the atom and what was its importance? Find out about some famous discoveries that helped determine the structure of the atom.

    Huygens' Clocks

    Christiaan Huygens spent years devising new mechanisms to improve timekeeping, including the pendulum and the balance wheel and spring - devices which governed almost all clocks and watches for the next 300 years.

    Big clocks

    Find out about the development of early public clocks, from the 14th century examples at Salisbury and Wells to the 19th century mechanism which operates Big Ben.

    King George III

    The King George III Collection at the Science Museum is a unique assembly of early apparatus for demonstrating scientific principles. Through these objects scientists were able to disseminate their knowledge of the 'new science'.

    Marie Curie

    Find out about the extraordinary work of Marie Curie and her family.

    Smashing the atom

    Nuclear power is accompanied by ambiguity.