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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2006

Oxford Astrophysics presents

from primordial soup to cosmic pancakes


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 and Glasgow events.

Download 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 this site


It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of “Heavens’ Kitchen”, 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 the cosmos.

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 here.


Team members

Oxford Astrophysics

Roberto Trotta (Lead exhibitor)
Ana Babic
Justin Bronder
Roger Davies
Francisco Forster
Matthew Jarvis
Michael Jones
Scott Kay
Chris North
Danail Obreschkow
Jonathan Patterson
Steve Rawlings
Andrew Taylor
Angela Taylor

Consultants

Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Clara Gaggero (Royal College of Arts, London)
Adrian Westaway (Royal College of Arts, London)


Sponsors and Acknowledgements

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, Oxford Astrophysics Sub-department, Oxford 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 College.

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.



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Last updated by Roberto Trotta on 30 October, 2007