This gallery closed on 1 September 2015 – find out about our plans for a new Mathematics gallery opening in 2016.
Thought-provoking instruments and models in this gallery bring mathematics to life.
Examine drawing instruments found at the ruins of Pompeii, and others dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover a range of uses for mathematical instruments, including gunnery, carpentry, mapping, alcohol measurement and packing. You can also find out how to draw ellipses and spirals.
Models on display begin with the Platonic solids and include colourful uniform polyhedra, topological models and surface models, which have inspired artists such as Henry Moore.
Mathematic principles are found in nature – see this for yourself in a range of crystal structures, spiral shells and horns.
Visit the Mathematics gallery on the 2nd floor for a unique insight into mathematical models and instruments.