In the years 1984-89 a team at Bangor (RB, Tim Porter, Nick Gilbert)
created an exhbition "Mathematics and Knots" consisting of 16 black
and white A3 boards, easily mounted, and carried in a specially made
carry case. The funding was from a variety of sources.
The Exhbition was created for the 1989 Pop Maths RoadShow,
sponsored by the Royal Society. Starting at Leeds University, the
RoadRhow then travelled round the UK.
The exhibition was shown in later years at a number of venues,
including BAAS, science fairs, teachers meetings, ...
The philosophy behind the exhibition, which developed as we worked,
is given in the article
``Making a mathematical exhibition'', http://pages.bangor.ac.uk/~mas010/icmi89.html
based on a lecture given by me at the meeting at Leeds ICMI 1989,
"The popularisation of mathematics".
As far as content goes, these aims were
- suggest that the making of mathematics is a natural human
activity, part and parcel of the usual methods by which man has
explored, discovered, and understood the world
- present each item with a purpose and context, and not just
because it was something that could be shown or demonstrated
- convey an impression of some of the key methods by which
- show mathematics in the context of history, art, technology
and other applications
The exhibition has been put online as part of
I am writing as Tim and I now have to clear out our office, where
the exhibition rests. We would therefore like to offer it to
any proper home which is willing to pay the transport costs. (I
have just to check this finally with the University, who strictly
speaking are the owners, but I expect it is otherwise likely to be
I should also say that the Pop Math Roadshow initiated my
collaboration in presenting the sculptures of John Robinson, who
exhibited there 13 full size Symbolic Sculptures, and many of these
also toured a number of venues.
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