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Oxford University opens £70m Andrew Wiles maths building

Andrew Wiles Building
Image caption A university spokesman said the institute was "sympathetic" to the skyline
Andrew Wiles Building
Image caption It will house 500 mathematical researchers and 900 undergraduates
Andrew Wiles Building
Image caption The building will also be used for local community meetings

Oxford University has opened a new £70m building to house all its mathematicians under one roof.

The Andrew Wiles Building is named after the Oxford professor who proved Fermat's Last Theorem, one of history's most difficult mathematical problems.

A spokesman said the institute was "architecturally sympathetic to the Oxford skyline".

It will house six lecture theatres, 500 mathematical researchers and 900 undergraduates.

The university's mathematicians were previously based at three separate locations.

'Stay ahead'

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said: "The opening of this fantastic building is great news for Oxford's staff and students, who will soon be learning together in a stunning new space.

"Our top mathematicians help unlock the mysteries of science, and enable us to stay ahead in the global race."

Professor Sam Howison, chairman of mathematics, said: "The space has already been used by a diverse range of groups, including Oxfordshire Fire Service and Thames Valley Police.

"Indeed the building has attracted interest from beyond the city as people become aware that Oxford now has another top-class venue to add to its many attractions."

The funds were raised mainly through Oxford Thinking, the Campaign for the University of Oxford.

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