HOW IT ALL BEGAN. GALAXIES, QUARKS AND COLLISIONSInvitation to a media talk in the Lower Dome Hall followed by a visit to the exhibition on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 10:30
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl, Director General, NHM Vienna
Univ. Prof. Dr. Jochen Schieck, Director of the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
Prof. Eva Schlegel, Artist
Dr. Michael Barnett, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Creator and Executive Producer of Phantom of the Universe
With fascinating images, intriguing scientific exhibits and room-size art installations, the exhibition How it all began. Galaxies, quarks and collisions takes visitors on a unique journey from the start to the end of our universe and addresses key questions which have occupied humankind for centuries:
What is the universe made up of? What is dark matter? Does the universe have a beginning and an end? And: What came before the Big Bang?
These questions take us to the limits of our knowledge and our powers of imagination. Some of them are answered in the exhibition using the latest scientific insights in the fields of particle physics and cosmology, brought to life through fascinating photographs, impressive graphics and exciting exhibits. Among the highlights is a 1:20-scale model of a huge particle detector as well as a live broadcast from Geneva showing the control room of the CMS Experiment at CERN, the worlds largest research center for particle physics. And for those who see science from a sporting perspective, there is even the chance to play football with protons!
Contemporary works by the artists Chris Henschke, Michael Hoch, Brigitte Kowanz, Hofstetter Kurt, Eva Schlegel and Manfred Wakolbinger showcase these fundamental questions of human nature from alternative visual and acoustic perspectives. The exhibition invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery all the way back to the start of our universe, 13 billion years ago.
This show was created in cooperation with the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Supported by the Austrian Lotteries and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
Illy is the coffee sponsor of press conferences at the NHM Vienna.