MATHSWORLDUK is very grateful for the many expressions of support for its work. We include some examples.

From Fellows of the Royal Society

Newton“We the undersigned Fellows of the Royal Society enthusiastically support the imaginative and timely proposal by MATHSWORLDUK for a national Mathematics Museum.  There is an emerging consensus that Mathematics is a critical ingredient for future prosperity and human well-being. The United Kingdom has a world-class reputation for producing the highest calibre mathematicians, scientists and engineers. Mathematics underpins all of the major components of the UK’s economy and numeracy is a critical skill for the UK’s work force. However, despite prowess at the highest levels of achievement in mathematics, there is also recognition that too few of our citizens have adequate mathematical skills. Consequently there is an urgency in improving mathematics education across the whole ability and age range. There are also cultural issues in that many people are not embarrassed that they cannot do mathematics.

A National Mathematics Museum will have a major impact by exposing the public to the inherent beauty of mathematics, by highlighting the fascination of solving puzzles and problems, placing mathematics centrally in the evolution of ideas and culture, and showing its practical applications in shaping the modern world and forecasting the future. The Museum has the vision to educate and inspire people with the beauty of mathematics and show its importance.”

List of FRS signatories

Sir Michael Atiyah (deceased 2019)
Professor Dame Athene Donald
Professor Peter Green
Professor Herbert Huppert
Professor Steve Sparks
Sir Martin Taylor
Sir Peter Williams
Sir John Kingman
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Professor Sir Tim Gowers
Dame Julia Higgins
Sir Chris Lewellyn-Smith
Professor Ian Stewart
Sir David Wallace
Professor Robert MacKay
Lord (Martin) Rees


From Carol Vorderman

“I wish you every success with the venture.  It sounds amazing and would be wonderful if and when it comes to pass.”

As well as the MathsWorldUK Ambassadors we have support from many members of the community.

• Charles Clarke, former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education.
• Dame Julia Higgins, FRS, formerly Foreign Secretary of The Royal Society and Vice President of The Royal Society; former Chair of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), President of the Institute of Physics.
• Dame Athene Donald, FRS, University of Cambridge, Chair of The Royal Society Education Committee
• Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, Cosmologist, Former Astronomer Royal, Former Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Former President of The Royal Society
• Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith, FRS, University of Oxford; former Director of CERN; former Chair of ACME
• Professor Peter Goddard, FRS, Formerly Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
• Professor Marcus du Sautoy, FRS, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford
• Professor Sir John Holman, FRS, President of Royal Society of Chemistry
• Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, Director of Research, Institute of Education, University of London; former Government Chief Advisor for Mathematics; former Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics, Recipient of Royal Society Kavli Medal
• Professor Herbert Huppert, FRS, University of Cambridge
• Professor Frank Kelly, FRS, Professor of Mathematical Systems, University of Cambridge; Chair of Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education
• Professor Sir David Wallace, FRS, Formerly Director of the Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge; Formerly Master of Churchill College Cambridge, Currently Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford.
• Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, FRS, University of Oxford; former President of Royal Astronomical Society and former President of the Institute of Physics
• Professor Simon Tavaré, FRS, FMedSci, Former Head of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and now Director of Herbert and Florence Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics at Columbia University
Former President of London Mathematical Society
• Professor Charles Godfray CBE, FRS
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and former President of the British Ecological Society
• Professor Dame Angela McLean, FRS, Professor of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford and Director of the Institute for Emerging Infections of Humans; Chief Scientific Advisor Ministry of Defense
• Professor Peter Green, FRS, Professor Emeritus, University of Bristol; former President of the Royal Statistical Society
• Sir Peter Williams, FRS, Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory and Vice President and Treasurer of The Royal Society; former President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science; former Chair of ACME
• Professor Michael Cates, FRS, FRSE, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge
• Michael Norton, Director Centre for Voluntary Action, Philanthropist
• Professor Robert MacKay, FRS, University of Warwick; former President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
• Professor Sue Pope, University of Manchester
• Professor Anne Watson, Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Oxford
• Lynne McClure, Director, Cambridge Mathematics
• Professor Hugh Burkhardt, University of Nottingham
• Professor John Mason, Professor Emeritus, The Open University
• Professor Alison Wolf, Director of Public Services Policy and Management, King’s College, London
• Professor Richard Noss, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Education, University of London
• Professor Igor Aleksander, FRAE, Professor Emeritus, Imperial College, London
• Professor Tony Gardner-Medwin, Emeritus Professor of Physiology, University College, London
• Lynn Churchman, Founder Trustee of National Numeracy, formerly Chief HMI for Mathematics and before that Team Leader of the Mathematics Team at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Professional Bodies and Learned Societies
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
The Mathematics Association
The London Mathematical Society
United Kingdom Mathematics Trust
Royal Statistical Society
Institute of Physics
Royal Society of Chemistry

Endorsements by other Maths Museums
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), New York, USA
Museum of Mathematics of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Mathematikum, Giessen, Germany
IMAGINARY, Berlin, Germany
Palais de la Découverte, Paris, France
Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sussex, UK

“There is astonishing imagination in the science of mathematics…We repeat, there is far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer.”
– Voltaire