Extreme: the permanent exhibition on Particle Physics at the Science Museum in Milan
The “Extreme. In search of particles” exhibition has opened in Milan. The new permanent exhibition entirely dedicated to particle physics was designed and produced by the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in partnership with CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – and INFN – the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
The exhibition area of about 350 square metres, overlooking the cloister of the monumental building of the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, is entirely dedicated to particle physics, the tools and professionals who work in this field. Milan opens its doors to the discovery of the fundamental building blocks of our Universe with the new permanent exhibition, the first of its kind in Italy, “Extreme. In search of particles”, designed and produced by the Science Museum in collaboration with CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – and INFN – the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics .
“With the valuable and considerable collaboration of CERN and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics”, said Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, University and Research, “Extreme has the merit to explain to a large national and international audience the importance of fundamental research and its strong links with any scientific discovery that improves knowledge and is useful for society. We also need science museums to disseminate and promote among the citizens the beauty of science as the key to human progress and, above all, to involve the younger generation in the construction of this progress, even in areas that are often as fascinating as unknown. Once again the quality of Italian research is reaffirmed and this government intends to support it, betting on human capital, research infrastructure and de-bureaucratisation in the figure of the researcher”.
Through multimedia and interactive installations, the exhibition shows what happens in the CERN and INFN laboratories, two of the major research institutions that carry out experiments in particle physics, leading visitors to the discovery of the tools used by physicists to reveal tracks of the particles, the detectors. A significant part of the exhibition is devoted to accelerators, tools that allow the creation of new particles by colliding particles at increasing energies. The protagonist in this area is the Large Hadron Collider – LHC, the large ring accelerator currently in use at CERN.
“Milan is not only the place where I grew up” said Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General, “but also my Alma Mater and has a very special place in my heart. It is, therefore, particularly pleasing for me to see this superb exhibition about particle physics opening here. CERN has been very happy to contribute to its development, working with the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology and INFN to create something truly inspiring that I’m sure the museum’s visitors will enjoy for many years to come”.
“The National Institute of Nuclear Physics is one of the protagonists of recent extraordinary discoveries in physics” said Fernando Ferroni, President of INFN “such as the Higgs boson and the gravitational waves. These achievements are deeply rooted in a tradition of excellence, in the restless work of a community of scientists around the world and in the innovation capacity at the frontier of present technology, to which our national industries have greatly contributed. We are proud to have supported the development of this new space at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, dedicated to particle physics, where everyone will know this story and get closer to the protagonists of everyday research. This and similar initiatives are increasingly part of the mission of the most important research Institutions, such as INFN and CERN”.