Return of the modern alchemist: Just add water

2.30pm to 3.45pm, Monday 4 April

The Theatre

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  • Peter Wothers

    Credit: Paul Wilkinson


Standard £14

Concession £10

Discounts for Ri Members

Event description

Water is all around us – most of the planet’s surface is covered with it and it is the main ingredient in you. In this exciting demonstration lecture, Peter Wothers, star of the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, will show you some of the surprising properties and reactions of this substance you thought you knew so well. How can a drop of water start a fire or cause an explosion? Why can’t you put a chip pan fire out with water or boil an egg on Mount Everest?

This is the matinee performance, you can also book tickets to the evening performance starting at 6.00pm.


Dr Peter Wothers is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry at St Catharine’s College. As well as lecturing Natural Sciences, he is involved with a number of projects bridging the transition between sixth-form and university and has written a many popular textbooks.

In 2012, Peter Wothers gave the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, which can be watch on the Ri Channel.


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