Physics in Time

17 January 2012

The Titanic is launched and sinks, photo finish is used for the first time at the Stockholm Olympics, Pablo Picasso starts making cubist guitars and atomic theory is being developed - just a snapshot of events in 1912.

Dr Tony Scott with Amy Everard and Emer O'Neill of Ratoath Senior National School at the launch of the Physics in Time poster and exhibition
Dr Tony Scott with Amy Everard and Emer O'Neill of Ratoath Senior National School at the launch of the Physics in Time poster and exhibition

A hundred years later, the highest energy particle collisions have been generated at CERN, the world population has passed seven billion and Dublin is European City of Science.

To celebrate this special year for Irish science the Institute of Physics in Ireland and the Royal Dublin Society is launching a visually striking poster and exhibition which charts significant physics discoveries since the 15th century and places them in the context of major milestones from the worlds of exploration, art, history, politics, sport and science. While not an exhaustive list, the timeline illustrates a diverse and extraordinary world in which physics plays a central role.

The dramatic and beautiful poster will be distributed to every school, primary and secondary in Ireland and also Northern Ireland while a large-scale (6metre) version was unveiled at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS by Dr Tony Scott, co-founder of the Young Scientist competition.



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