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.
The exhibition has been generously supported by:
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Ashmolean University Engagement Programme