6 November 2014

"As If By Magic" - Spectacular Chemistry Demonstration Lecture

Organised by:

SCI's SCI Cambridge & Great Eastern Region, RSC Mid-Anglia Section & CU ChemSoc

Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

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We are delighted to welcome back the inimitable Dr Andy Szydlo (Highgate School) for this year's Bonfire Night spectacular Chemistry lecture (his 2008 and 2012 Cambridge lectures were truly memorable!)

If you were able to make a substance change colour, or turn from a solid to a liquid, would that be magic? From a liquid that boils at room temperature to gases that are heavier than air, join Andrew Szydlo as he explores magical molecules and enchanting elements in this family event full of practical demonstrations of the magic of Chemistry. He will dazzle, entertain and educate his audience with a series of spectacular science demonstrations. The reactions themselves will be audibly and visually spectacular, but the fundamental purpose will be to explain the science behind the effects.

An enthusiastic and engaging science communicator, Dr Szydlo frequently gives lectures in the UK and has appeared on Channel 4's TV series That'll teach 'em. He is also an expert on the history of alchemy. His book, Water that does not wet hands: The Alchemy of Michael Sendivogius, tells the story of an unfairly forgotten Polish alchemist.

WARNING - There will be smoke, bright flashes and loud bangs!

The lecture is for all ages (>8), but is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition.

Venue and Contact

University of Cambridge

Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
Lensfield Road


John O'Toole

+44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: john.otoole9@btinternet.com

This is a FREE event. No tickets will be issued - so please arrive early to get a good seat. Doors open at 18:30.
Please contact the organisers if you are bringing a large party (>10).

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