Supporters

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
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.”

And support from others

Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, former Government Chief Adviser for Mathematics, former Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics, Former Research Director of the London Institute of Education

Professor Alison Wolf, Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College, London

Professor Igor Aleksander, Professor Emeritus in Neural Systems Engineering, and former Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, London

Professors Hugh Burkhardt and Malcolm Swan, Shell Centre for Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham

Professor Anne Watson, Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Oxford


“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