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The Microscopes of Physics, an interactive exhibition designed and realized by the Infn, the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, will be opened on August 6th at the ALEXploratorium, the science centre within the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The exhibition is set up in Egypt by the Infn in collaboration with ALEXploratorium, and with the contribution of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affaires.
Domenico Fimiani, Acting Consul General in Alexandria, Adelia Rispoli, Director of Italian Culture Institute in Cairo, Yehia Halim Zaky, Head of Academic and Cultural Affairs of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Ambassador Taher Khlaifa, Director of External Relations Department of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Sergio Bertolucci, Infn Vice President, Barbara Gallavotti, Head of Infn Communication Office will take part in the opening events.
The exhibition is part of the framework of the new-born Mediterranean Association for Science Communication, where science communicators from different countries of the Mediterranean area (especially from southern Europe and North Africa) join their forces in order to support the development of scientific culture and of pacific cooperation that results from it.
The Microscopes of Physics is a voyage to discover the worlds of the infinitely small and of infinitely large. The exhibition makes use of interactive displays and of computer simulations, which make it particularly well suited to a non-expert public, in particular to secondary and high school students.
The first room introduces to dimensions far from the daily experience, the infinitely small and infinitely large, by successive enlargements, from the smallest particles at the heart of atoms, to the boundaries of the Universe.
The voyage into the invisible really starts in the second room, where the protagonist is the world of atoms and of even smaller particles they are made of. But which instruments can observe this kind of entities? Interactive games let us know particle accelerators and detectors, disclosing the secrets of the most powerful “microscopes” ever conceived. In the last part, a three-dimensional film accompanies visitors inside an accelerator: from this unusual position it’s possible to follow the particles’ fascinating travels and watch the high-energy collisions that give rise to new particles.
The third room is dedicated to the connection between the infinitely small and the infinitely large. In particular, the processes that take place in the Universe are brought into focus, back to the Big Bang and to the origin of all that exists, including ourselves. This room tells us about Cosmos and big questions about it, which are still without answers.
In the last part of the exhibition, some space is reserved to practical applications. In many cases, instruments that were originally developed for research in nuclear and particle physics have found uses in a wide variety of contexts, both different and apparently far from physics. They range from medical applications to the conservation of works of art.
The exhibition The Microscopes of Physics will be opened at the ALEXploratorium until October 31st, 2006.
Opening period: 7 August – 31 October 2006
Location: Planetarium Science Center
Chatby, Alexandria P.O. Box: 21526, EGY
Visiting hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday
Closed on Friday
Contact: Phone: +2-03-4839999 ext.:1693