Early Version of Maple on Display at Science Museum in London

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The display at the Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, the new permanent gallery at the museum, features an early version of Maple to showcase the role of mathematics in science and technology.

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An early version of Maple is displayed as a part of the new Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum in London. Photo credit: Science Museum

The new mathematics gallery will provide a tremendous opportunity for people to experience the evolution of mathematics and technology, and to gain a sense of how mathematics has helped to shape our world

Maplesoft today announced that its mathematical computation software, Maple, is now on display at the Science Museum in London. On December 8, 2016, the museum opened Mathematics: The Winton Gallery which explores how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world over the last four hundred years. The gallery showcases an early version of Maple from 1997.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is a ground breaking new permanent gallery that places mathematics at the heart of our lives, bringing the subject to life through remarkable stories, artefacts and design. It features more than 100 exhibits from the Science Museum’s world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) collections, including a 17th century Islamic astrolabe, an early prototype of the Enigma decoding machine, and the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aircraft, which was the result of ground-breaking aerodynamic research. The gallery explores how mathematical practice has shaped, and been shaped by, humans, technology and ideas throughout history.

“Mathematical practice underpins so many aspects of our lives and work, and we hope that bringing together these remarkable stories, people and exhibits will inspire visitors to think about the role of mathematics in a new light,” said Dr. David Rooney, Lead Curator of Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum. “At its heart, the mathematics gallery will tell a rich cultural story of human endeavour that has helped transform the world over the last 400 years.”

Maple was first developed in 1980 as a computer algebra system, with students at the University of Waterloo first using the software as part of a course in 1981. Maple was sold commercially for the first time in 1984, with Maple v3.3, and 5 years later, Maple v4.3 received PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award, leading to rapid expansion in the marketplace. Over the next 20+ years, Maplesoft’s suite of products has grown to include MapleSim, Maple T.A. and Möbius, with these solutions currently being used by academic institutions, researchers and engineers in over 90 countries around the world.

“The new mathematics gallery will provide a tremendous opportunity for people to experience the evolution of mathematics and technology, and to gain a sense of how mathematics has helped to shape our world,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft. “We are excited for people to experience Maple in its early form and understand its role in that mathematical evolution.”

A timeline of how Maple has evolved over the years can be viewed at the following link: http://www.maplesoft.com/25anniversary/

For more information on the new gallery, and the Science Museum, please visit http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mathematics.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft has provided mathematics-based software solutions to educators, engineers, and researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for over 25 years. Maplesoft’s flagship product, Maple, combines the world's most powerful mathematics engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems. Building on this technology, the product line includes solutions for online assessment, system-level modeling and simulation, and online STEM courseware. Maplesoft products provide modern, innovative solutions to meet today’s challenges, from exploring math concepts on a smartphone to enabling a model-driven innovation approach that helps companies reduce risk and bring high-quality products to market faster. Maplesoft products and services are used by more than 8000 educational institutions, research labs, and companies, in over 90 countries.

Maplesoft is a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Group. For further details, please visit http://www.maplesoft.com.

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