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Thanks to Zaha Hadid, mathematics gets a home to do it proud – The Winton Gallery, Science Museum, review

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Zaha Hadid’s eye-catching design of the new Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum
Zaha Hadid’s eye-catching design of the new Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum Credit: Paul Grover
Zaha Hadid’s compelling design work for the Science Museum’s new Mathematics Gallery makes the subject happily palatable

We Brits pride ourselves on being clueless at maths. It’s partly an aspect of a double-bluffing national tic in which learning is supposed to be worn lightly: if you’ve got a double-first in, say, calculus and advanced logic, it’s considered only decent to claim that you can barely add up. But it’s an attitude that masks the fact that far too many of us, adults probably more than children, really are clueless at maths.

However, we’re now in the midst of a government drive for universal competence in mathematics. Maths is the cornerstone of the STEM curriculum, and beyond that there’s the sense that we should all be continually developing our numerical literacy through “lifelong learning”, populist books and TV programmes and a general attitude that maths should be “fun”....

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