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June 13, 2011

Musée de la civilisation Reveals the Human Side of Sscience from June 8, 2011, to September 9, 2012

From F = ma and E = mc2 to DNA and GMO... from evolution and revolution to Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier, Edison, Darwin, Pasteur, Einstein, and Schrödinger... Live Science is all about making science interesting, fun, and—more than anything—human. This new exhibition spotlighting the work of passionate scientists opens today at Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City and continues until September 9, 2012, when it goes on tour throughout Canada. Live Science is produced by Musée de la civilisation in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada and with the participation of MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) and Université Laval. Its presentation is made possible with funding from Canadian Heritage and the Musée de la civilisation Foundation. Alcoa is a partner in all the Museum’s programming.

The Human Side of Science

The exhibition puts a human face on the men and women whose scientific endeavours have produced the studies and theories that are helping us understand our world—and sometimes even changing our lives! In addition to examining the specific contributions that these “leading lights” have made to scientific history, Live Science also spotlights current science, looking closely at work being done by eight scientific teams identified across Canada expressly for this purpose.

A Scientific Collection

Live Science also gives Musée de la civilization the ideal opportunity to show off its scientific instrument collection, which is rarely displayed in public. It will include some 70 old and new artifacts (many used by the eight scientific teams whose initiatives are presented here), life-size wax figurines of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Louis Pasteur, and interactive and audiovisual presentations, all of which will help bring this amazing journey to the centre of science to life. The exhibition will also display a Van de Graaff generator designed by Louis Rodrigue, winner of the Musée de la civilisation prize at the finals of the Super Expo-Sciences Hydro-Québec science fair, and Sumo Extrême by the Paul-Hubert secondary school of Rimouski, the winning entry in the robot category of the 2011 senior level competition.

Science, a Pleasure and a Necessity!

“Most contemporary issues integrate science and society,” affirms Michel Côté, executive director of Musée de la civilization. “We can’t talk about greenhouse gases, sustainable development, or manipulation of living organisms without reading what the scientific and social literature says,” he notes. “Science is increasingly central for our contemporary societies, which view themselves as repositories of knowledge and understanding, but it can also be a source of amazement and pleasure that shapes our curiosity and our questioning,” Mr. Côté added. “With this exhibition, the museum is presenting a singular opportunity to get to know individuals who have helped further scientific knowledge by following their dreams, proving that passion is a necessary part of science,” he concluded.

In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada with the participation of MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) and Université Laval. Its presentation is made possible with funding from Canadian Heritage and the Musée de la civilisation Foundation. Alcoa is a partner in all the Museum’s programming.

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