- The periodic table is the system that defines and orders every element we know
- The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table
- In this talk, Professor Atkins will take the audience into the ‘Periodic Kingdom’ and beyond…
More than 20 years ago, in The Periodic Kingdom, Professor Peter Atkins wrote about the periodic table as an imaginary country, exploring its discovery, its mapping, its laws and administration. In this, the International Year of the Periodic Table, Professor Atkins invites a live audience with him on a journey back to that kingdom, looking closely at the mechanisms that lie beneath periodicity, before departing to new worlds where periodic tables are very, very different.
During his Public Evening Lecture, on Wednesday 23 October 2019, Professor Atkins will explore how the periodic table is the consequence of various types of symmetry, and invite the audience (with a lot of visual help) to think in four dimensions and see how its structure emerges; to understand, through symmetry, the origin of the force that holds atoms together.
What might the periodic table might look like in ‘Lineland’ or ‘Flatland’? Or in a world without nuclei? Or with hundreds of new elements? Join Professor Atkins as reality comes up against relativity and electrons accelerate close to the speed of light. In short, see the table dissolve before your eyes.
About the speaker
Professor Atkins continues to write and lecture widely and in 2016 received the Grady-Stack award from the American Chemical Society for the communication of chemistry to the public.
Date for your diary: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Venue: SCI HQ, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS
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