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Cork County Library Shines

International Year of Light Logo

International Year of Light Logo

  • 30 Jan 2015

This year, 2015 has been designated the International year of light and light-based technologies. 

Cork County Library’s Year of Light programme will be launched by Mayor Alan Coleman in LHQ in Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road on Monday 2nd February at 10am . The opening exhibition will include installations from UCC’s George Boole 200 Programme as well as Tyndall National Institute, CIT based Nimbus Centre and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory amongst others.

The library service has embraced this theme and has explored the variety of ways in which the concept of light is central to our lives, our culture and our welfare. The programme of events for 2015 reflects the concept of light not only from a technological point of view but also explores the role of light in art, literature, and in energising our daily lives.

As University College Cork celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Boole, first Professor of Mathematics, the International Year of Light provides an opportunity to bring a new understanding to his legacy. It casts a global spotlight on the application of his work in our modern world. George Boole laid the mathematical foundations of the information age. His ground-breaking advances, Boolean algebra and symbolic logic, provided the cornerstones for modern mathematics, microelectronic engineering, computer science and photonics. The George Boole 200 audio visual installation will provide a glimpse into the life and legacy of the forefather of the information age.  The technology used to create it would not be present without his input.

The launch, funded by Mallow Library’s Europe Direct Information Centre as part of highlighting EU’s priorities for 2020 in the areas of technological research and innovation, will open the exhibition to run throughout February (Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 5.00 pm) at County Library LHQ Gallery in Carrigrohane Road, and all are welcome. During the year the exhibition will travel to libraries throughout the county.

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