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Creation and history of the universe.

Posted by Francis O' Toole on September 10, 2012

Galway students have been given a unique opportunity to learn about the creation and history of the universe.

CERN — the European organisation for nuclear research — is bringing its flagship ‘Accelerating Science’ exhibition to the west of Ireland for two months.

The showcase aims to educate those who are curious about the origins of life, the nature of the particles from which we are all made, and the power of science.

It is open to all and comes to Galway two months after one of the most important discoveries of the 21st Century — when CERN scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson, which is often referred to as the ‘God particle’.

Put simply, the Higgs Boson particle gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.

Now organisers of Accelerating Science are inviting all the country’s secondary schools as well as members of the public to come and visit the Leisureland complex from September 16 to November 2.

Dr Rolf Landua — head of education at CERN in Geneva — said the exhibition was particularly suited to pupils from 11 to 18.

“It shows how CERN’s researchers try to find out more about the laws of nature and the origin of the universe,” Dr Landua said.

Transition-year pupils with the Dominican College in Taylors Hill, Galway, yesterday spoke of their enthusiasm to learn more.

Michaela Van Der Walt (15) said the Higgs Boson”is a new particle and hopefully it should revolutionise physics”.

General queries on the upcoming exhibition can be made online at http://www.galwayscience.ie.

– Barry Duggan

Irish Independent

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