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As if by Magic...... Spectacular Chemistry Demonstration Lecture

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We are delighted to welcome back the inimitable Dr Andy Szydlo 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 Dr 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 not suitable for those with a nervous disposition.

Free admission. No tickets – so come early to get a good seat. Doors open at 18:30. Please contact organisers if you are bringing a large party (>10). Organised by SCI Cambridge & Great Eastern Region, RSC Mid-Anglia Section, CU SciSoc & CU ChemSoc

This talk is part of the SCI Cambridge Science Talks series.

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