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Lab in a Lorry

(20 May 2005)

2005 is Einstein Year and as part of the celebrations a mobile laboratory will be visiting Durham in collaboration with Durham University’s Department of Physics.

Thursday and Friday June 2nd and 3rd will see the 44 foot long ‘Lab in a Lorry’ stationed outside Durham Clayport Library on Millennium Place in Durham City.

In 1905 Albert Einstein changed physics and the way we understand our world. One hundred years on, to mark the excitement and diversity of physics today, the ‘Lab in a Lorry’ brings the excitement of discovering physics to children, wherever they are- in schools, youth clubs or community centres.

It provides exciting practical demonstrations of physics in action, to show children the beauty and surprise of scientific understanding and its relevance to everyday life.

It aims to enthuse children about how physics works and how it underpins so many things we take for granted in our complex society.

Volunteers from the Department of Physics will be manning the lorry and will be on hand to help the public discover the wonders of physics.

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For more information, please contact: P.J. Edwards, Department of Physics, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE Tel: 0191 334 3782 e-mail: p.j.edwards@durham.ac.uk Or visit the website: http://labinalorry.scenta.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Background to 2005 as Einstein Year

In 1905 Albert Einstein changed physics and the way we understand our world. One hundred Years on Einstein Year is celebrating the excitement and diversity of physics today.

The aim of Einstein Year is ‘To enthuse young people, and those who influence them, about physics whilst building a sustainable increase in public awareness of physics and its role in society.’ Einstein Year is all about getting young people excited about physics, exploding the myth that physicists are white, middle-aged men with mad hair, and highlighting the huge contribution of contemporary physics to society.

The core messages are that physics is all about: Exploring the world around you, Discovering how things work, Inventing new ideas and new technology.

See: http://www.einsteinyear.org for more details

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