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The new gallery is set to open in 2016.

London Science Museum plans mathematics gallery for 2016
25 Sep 2014

A fresh gallery about mathematics is set to appear at London's Science Museum and will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

David and Claudia Harding have given the museum £5 million - a bigger individual donation than it has ever seen before - to make the project possible.

The space is set to look at various aspects of maths between the 17th century and today, and will be called The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery. It's set to open its doors to visitors for the first time in 2016.

The project is one aspect of the wider Science Museum Masterplan, a initiative set to revamp about one third of the attraction during the coming half decade.

“David and Claudia stand out among philanthropists as dedicated champions of science. We are determined to match their enormous generosity with the ambition we show in harnessing our world-class collections to tell the stories of how mathematicians have helped to shape the world," commented Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum.

"This is a game-changing gift to the museum, and it is my hope that this will inspire further transformational philanthropy."

He added that the museum wants the gallery to bring about the same sort of excitement about maths as its exhibition Collider has created about particle physics.

Architect Zaha Hadid has herself studied maths in the past. She explained that the gallery's design looks into the large number of influences maths has on people's day to day lives, turning abstract maths idea that seem to be abstract "into an exciting interactive experience for visitors of all ages”.

Mr Harding has done much work with the Science Museum Group, by himself and as part of Winton Capital Management, a business of which he is founder.

During the last half decade, the David and Claudia Harding Foundation has given nearly £40 million to various good causes globally.ADNFCR-408-ID-801750659-ADNFCR

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