Glowing tribute to a 'miracle year'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 May, 2011, 12:00am


In 2005, the Historical Museum of Bern launched the Albert Einstein (1879-1955) exhibition to pay tribute to the scientist as the year marked the 100th anniversary of his 'miracle year' on scientific development. The exhibition in Berne attracted 350,000 visitors and has received wide international acclaim.

Under the joint patronage of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the exhibition started its tour in the mainland in May last year.

After travelling to Beijing and Guangzhou, the exhibition is now being staged by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department partnering with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong and Presence Switzerland. It is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum and is the third stop of its China tour.

The exhibition is open until August and is also the key attraction to celebrate the Hong Kong Science Museum's 20th anniversary.

The exhibition features Einstein the scientific genius and theoretical physicist, with special emphasis placed on providing a vivid, overall introduction to his life and times.

On display are more than 200 objects and documents including original collection items directly connected with Einstein, replicas of documents and photos, historical objects and film footage, animations and videos on his theories, and a number of interactive exhibits that demonstrate various physics phenomena.

Also in the programme is a cosmological theatre screening the immense scale of the universe and taking visitors on a space-time trip to view the birth of our universe.

Apart from shedding light on Einstein's life history and putting it in the context of world history, the exhibition also provides an insight into his revolutionary ideas in the field of modern physics.