The gallery provides ample public space and a range of activities for school groups to explore essential and novel ideas that will inform and generate excitement across all mathematical topics. Many activities are designed to provide background to modern uses of mathematics in a digital world. Gallery guides are provided with printed activities for students.

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Binary Systems

The digital world works with the binary system of numbers. Mathematical methods using this number system began long ago in Ancient Egypt. It appears again in the work of Blaise Pascal and Ada Lovelace who each have a computer language named after them. The famous triangle named after Pascal, but known to the ancient Chinese is featured in multiple ways in the gallery.

Students will see how the triangle is a binary tool with two options at each step starting at the top and working down through the centre of this amazing shape. Activities are provided to build fractals from the triangle and decipher some of the patterns that can be found in it.