Black magic: the extraordinary history of coal

6.00pm to 7.30pm, Saturday 3 November

The Theatre

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  • Exploring the flammable compounds formed from coal

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • Type

    Talk
  • Audience

    Ages 7+

  • Speakers

    • Andrew Szydlo
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Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

As Bonfire night approaches, join Chemistry teacher and science demonstrations virtuoso Andrew Szydlo for an unforgettable evening exploring the chemistry of something seemingly rather ordinary: coal. From its initial discovery, its use as the fuel of the industrial revolution, to some of the more interesting and exciting compounds we can obtain from coal, Andrew will take us on an illuminating tour of this intriguing rock. Expect lots of flashes, smokes and smells, exciting colourful chemistry, and plenty of flames along the way!

About the speaker

Andrew Szydlo is a chemist and secondary school teacher at Highgate School, well-loved by pupils and Ri attendees alike.

He has given public lectures around the country, been featured on TV shows and has become a popular part of the Ri Channel in recent years.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Filming

This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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