Until 9 June 2019

Gallery 8

Free Admission

Developed in collaboration with Oxford’s world-renowned Mathematical Institute, this exhibition invited 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, we embarked 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 explored what it means to experience and represent the patterns and spaces of our complex three-dimensional world.

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

Find out more in our short film



Wednesday 1 May 2019, 2.15pm – Curator’s talk
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 2.15pm – Explore the world of virtual reality
Wednesday 15 May 2019, 2.15pm – Mathematician Talk: Fractals

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.


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