Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2006
from primordial soup to cosmic
Out of this World! exhibit
During July and August 2007 Heavens' Kitchen has taken part to the
exhibit organized by the Oxford Trust, "Out
of this World!".
Join us in a tour around the
world to the some of the most spectacular observing
sites and learn more about our telescopes and their views on the Universe!
Take me there!
If you have missed the exhibit, you can now catch up
with the pictures from the London
our free Universe simulator and explore the evolution
of the Universe and the cosmic recipe!
Or you can watch a clip about our exhibit at
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of
the hands-on exhibit of the Oxford Astrophysics Group at the
Royal Society's Summer
Science Exhibition, one of the most prestigious science
public outreach events of the year. Both the London
(July 3-7 2006) and the Glasgow (Sept 12-14 2006) exhibits have been a great opportunity to meet an enthusiastic public.
We would like to thank all the people who have taken part and have visited our stand.
We are very happy to have had this opportunity to share with
you the excitement of cutting-edge research in cosmology,
which tries to understand what the cosmic ingredients are
that make up the Universe, and unravel the grand recipe of
Our exhibit was designed to take you through the latest discoveries
in cosmology, and show you how they are being made. This is
a fascinating journey through space and time, out to the furthest
reaches of the Universe, in our quest to answer some of the
most fundamental questions of all: What is the Universe made
of? Where did we come from? What will be the destiny of the
cosmos? We hope you enjoyed the ride!
Oxford University and the Astrophysics Group are proud to
contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge
by pursuing excellence in teaching and research with enthusiasm
and dedication. We believe that “blue sky research” in cosmology
and astrophysics remains of paramount importance, not only
for the insight it can give us about our place in the Universe,
but also for the numerous benefits it can offer to society
as a whole. These range from high-tech spin-offs originally
developed for research, to the training of new generations
of students in mathematical and physical skills that are so
important for a modern, knowledge-based economy.
We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support
of this exhibit, to you, the public, for your enthusiasm,
and to all of our funding bodies for giving us the means to
reach toward our ambitions.
Learn more about
our exhibit (pdf version available here)
and take a look at our
hands-on Universe being assembled! Or go to the presentation
of our exhibit in the Summer Science Exhibit 2006 website
Roberto Trotta (Lead exhibitor)
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Clara Gaggero (Royal College
of Arts, London)
Adrian Westaway (Royal College
of Arts, London)
This exhibit would not have been possible without the generous
support of our sponsors, and we would like to thank PPARC,
the Royal Astronomical Society,
Physics Department, the Oxford
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, and
St Peter’s College.
We thank the Oxford Colleges that have been our partners
in supporting the production of the booklet that accompanies
our exhibit: Brasenose
College, Christ Church,
Corpus Christi College,
Lincoln College, Oriel
College, St Catherine’s
College and St Peter’s
We are deeply grateful to Clara Gaggero and Adrian Westaway
(Royal College of Arts, London), who designed our stand with
creativity, enthusiasm and professionalism. Many other people
have contributed in many different ways, and we thank them
all for their help and competence: Zareen Ahmed-Stewart, Mick
Williams and his team in the workshops, Angela Jones at PPARC
and all of the Royal Society personnel involved in organizing
the Summer Science Exhibit.
Some interesting links
The Summer Science Exhibition 2006 Website
» The Wetton
» The Square Kilometer Array radio telescope
The Oxford Dark Sector Initiative
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