What a Mathematician can see in London

I will start a new category about traveling. Maybe it sounds a little strange to see something like this in a blog about math, but my blog is ‘Life through a Mathematician’s Eyes’ , so some traveling can find its place here. Somewhere there (hidden really good) most of the countries have something that a mathematician would love to visit on a holiday. It’s something mathematical, but not though; it’s beautiful and calculated and math, but not to much; just perfect for a day dedicated to mathematics.

The first post from this category is related to London and to sculptures. I will make a short (maybe a little longer) list of sculptures that have a little mathematics in them and also that can help you discovery unknown parts of this big wonderful city.

  1. Every mathematician has a bond with spheres and circles and there are wonderful representations in London. One of them is Armillary sphere in Belgrave Square (marking the beginning of the third millennium):


2.  On the same spherical part we have the Globe Sundial (Plaque inscribed ‘This Globe Sundial shows in miniature how the Earth/ is bathed in sunlight./ Time is indicated by the fin which casts the least shadow./ The combination of the tilt of the earth’s axis and the/ varying speed of its progress on an elliptical path around/ the sun causes a difference between the time shown and/ mean time of up to 16 minutes. The greatest differences/ occur in February and October’ by Alan Laing):


3.  Hey! told you we like spheres: Armillary sphere sundial outside Birkbeck College (was unveiled in 2008 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of University of London external system):

400px-Sundial,_Torrington_Square,_London4. Greenwich is an interesting site for any science freak; and also math lovers like to go there and read about time,$ its history and how humanity evolved from this point of view. And there you have the Prime Meridian marker at the Royal Observatory (which I totally recommend visiting):


5. And here is The Cypher, an interesting sculpture Outside the Asticus Building, 21 Palmer Street which consists of thousands of glass rods bound together within a circular steel belt. It reminds me of secrecy, secret codes and the begging of cryptography:

Sculpture_outside_21_Palmer_Street,_London6. You can be happy, because I finished with the spherical, circular objects. So why not try a sculpture near a theater. This one is by Keith Grant and is inspired by the play ‘St. Joan’ by George Bernard Shaw. you can find it at the entrance to the Shaw Theatre in Euston Road:


7.  This is an interesting chose of sculpture for the event. We have Shepherd’s Bush goaloid sculpture. These two rotating sculptures by Elliott Brook commemorate the site of the 1908 London Olympic football finals at which team GB beat Denmark 2-0 to win the gold medal. Interesting idea, don’t you think?


8. The thing is that in London you can find a lot of sculptures of Isaac Newton and because he played such an important role in Calculus, you should really go and see some. My favorite one is the Paolozzi’s sculpture at the British Library:


9. Who? I ask who could resist a big 4?? I wouldn’t. So here is the big 4 at the Channel 4 building:


10. And one of the most interesting and the most artistic from this post… the Sciences statues, the corners of the Albert Memorial. In niches on a level with the spandrels are Armstead’s Rhetoric and Medicine and Philip’s Philosophy and Physiology. Below them, standing on column shafts, are Philip’s Geometry and Geology and Armstead’s Astronomy and Chemistry. These are wonderful pieces of art… beauty:


And here you have 10 wonderful sculptures you should check when you visit London. Be prepared for more math related sites to see in London in my next posts. Hope you enjoy this new idea of mine and help me with any ideas or advice… Use the comment box below as much as you want and thank you very much for reading.

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