Join Ada and friends at the Oxford Maths Festival event at Templars Square for mathematical fun, activities and problem-solving from ingenious geometry to mesmerizing mechanical calculators.
Lectures & talks
From Astrolabes to Alethiometers – Instruments on TV - Thursday 30 January, 6pm
From Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, powerful devices have played dramatic roles in incredibly popular stories. Drs Ackermann and Johnston give an intriguing insight into the real objects behind the stories.
Object of the month
Saving countless lives
Although Alexander Fleming’s (1881–1955) discovery of penicillin is legendary, it was the wartime collaboration of Howard Florey and a group of Oxford pathologists which paved the way for the mass-production of antibiotics.
Discover how his team’s wartime ingenuity led to the almost miraculous recovery from previously fatal infections, saving thousands of lives, and take a look at original penicillin cultures and specimens.
How it works
These short films bring to life a selection of working scientific instruments from the Museum's collection. All are on permanent display, but for conservation reasons would not normally be handled or demonstrated in public.