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Maths Goes Underground

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Maths Goes Underground
Professor Chris Budd explores Labyrinth at Science Museum Lates
Wednesday 25th September 2013

“If you try to find your way around London on foot, the Underground map is about as useful as a Monopoly board,” says John Barrow, a mathematician at the University of Cambridge. But it’s exactly this inaccuracy that makes the map so easy to use when you want to get around the underground itself. And it also makes it a work of design genius. As part of this month's Science Lates at the Science Museum Chris Budd, Maths Professor from Bath University, will show you just why it is such a great design and will lead a crowd-modelling exercise that taps into some of the mathematical structures that characterise the Tube, and in turn, Labyrinth.

Labyrinth is a major artwork by artist Mark Wallinger for London Underground to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The result, commissioned by Art on the Underground, is a multi-part work on a huge scale that will be installed in every one of the Tube’s 270 stations by the end of 2013. Wallinger sees the commission as a unique opportunity to explore the potential of the Underground as a whole.

When: Wednesday 25th September 2013
Drop-in Sessions - Meet in Measuring Time:
19.20-19.50, 20.00-20.30, 20.40-21.10
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington and Gloucester Road

This is part of a series of Labyrinth Events. Click here for more information about Labyrinth.

As part of Labyrinth, Art on the Underground presents a series of public events that explore the diverse themes running through the project including handmade crafts, mapping, journeys, networks and social change.

The events are presented in collaboration with many of London’s leading cultural organisations: ArtLicks, the Foundling Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts, South Bank Centre and the V&A.

For more details, visit the Art on the Underground website.