SOURCE: Perimeter Institute

September 02, 2005 10:00 ET

Big Ideas Taking Hold in Canada

Perimeter Institute Expands Innovative Scientific Outreach Program

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 2, 2005 -- Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics announces a new and innovative event that examines the power of big ideas.

Last year's open house at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics drew an astounding 8,000 people in a single day. This three-week event, North America's most comprehensive 'World Year of Physics' celebration, is expected to draw far more.

'EinsteinFest' not only explores the celebrated scientist's most pivotal year and prolific contributions, but also showcases a rapidly changing civilization at the turn of the century -- from the dawn of flight and wireless to the birth of jazz, silent film and more.

It's all a result of an incredible 100-million dollar act of personal philanthropy, plus additional private and public sector investments, in a quest to offer top international scientists a custom built research environment in which to contemplate the very essence of space, time and matter while, at the same time, sharing the profound joy of discovery and liberating power of big ideas with the general public.

Existing programs include:

--  Monthly public lectures attracting audiences of over 500 people per
--  An over subscribed physics campus for international students
--  Special science teacher workshops on modern physics
--  Popular in-class lectures held across Canada that boldly introduce
    quantum mechanics at a relatively youthful age.
'EinsteinFest' takes scientific outreach to an even broader level by wrapping Albert Einstein's stunning accomplishments in rich, creative context and examining the full spectrum of science, philosophy, politics, art and music of the 1905 era -- all showcased in the Institute's custom built, award-winning facility. For more information about the event please visit

Perimeter Institute in a non-profit research and educational outreach organization dedicated to the power of big ideas and a successful example of private-public partnership in science research and education.

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Paul Moser,
    Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
    Phone: 519-569-7600 ext. 6072
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    Laura Cochrane
    LexPR Canada
    Phone: 416-702-9140
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