DIMENSIONS: THE MATHEMATICS OF SYMMETRY AND SPACE

FREE EXHIBITION

Until 9 June 2019

Gallery 8

Free Admission

Developed in collaboration with Oxford’s world-renowned Mathematical Institute, this exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to move in one, two, three and more dimensions. Using stunning Islamic ceramics, prehistoric carvings and Renaissance prints alongside virtual reality technology, embark on a journey of discovery from ancient cultures into cutting-edge science.

Starting from the single point of zero dimensions to the infinite dimensions of theoretical mathematics, the exhibition explores what it means to experience and represent the patterns and spaces of our complex three-dimensional world.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of other exhibitions and events across Oxford in 2019 as part of the Thinking 3D research project.

Thinking With Things

"Here we see the first example of abstract thought at work"

Could these stone balls, carved in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, have been made by ancient mathematicians? Professor Marcus Du Sautoy takes a closer look.

 

Virtual Reality in the exhibition

Please note that this video has no sound.

Developed by the Oxford Mathematical Institute, the VR experience gives visitors to the exhibition a chance explore shapes in one, two, three and more dimensions.

 

OTHER 'THINKING 3D' EXHIBITIONS

AT THE UPPER LIBRARY, CHRIST CHURCH

The Mathematics of Space

Until 26 April 2019

Explore the teaching of geometry and astronomy at Oxford during the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the impact of Euclid, Archimedes, and others, on both art and early modern geometry. 

AT CHRIST CHURCH PICTURE GALLERY

Creating the Illusion of Space in Renaissance Drawing

Until 14 July 2019

AT THE WESTON LIBRARY

Leonardo to the present

Until 9 February 2020

This free exhibition tells the story of the development of three-dimensional communication over the last 500 years using some of the Bodleian Libraries’ finest books, manuscripts, prints and drawings.

AT THE OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN

Flower to Frame

1 June – 31 August 2019

This exhibition will explore the evolution and techniques of botanical illustration through the centuries.

AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE LIBRARY

The Botanist’s Library

1 June – 31 August 2019

The collection of botanist and physician John Goodyer (c.1592-1664) will be the focus of this exhibition.

EXHIBITION CREDITS

The exhibition has been generously supported by:
 

Oxford Asset Management

 

 

 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Ashmolean University Engagement Programme

John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund

With thanks to VR and AR Oxford Hub

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