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Braving the elements (matinee)

2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURER Peter Wothers shows us the exciting and explosive chemistry of the periodic table

What exciting secrets can be found in the period table?
Paul Wilkinson

Event description

To celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table, join 2012 Christmas Lecturer Peter Wothers for an exciting and explosive journey through the elements. This demonstration filled lecture will show you the genius of Mendeleev’s discovery from Argon to Zinc. 

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.

Peter will also be performing this lecture at: 6.00pm on Sunday 14 April 2.00pm on Monday 15 April

About the speaker

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. Aside from lecturing to Natural Science undergraduates at Cambridge, he is involved with a number of projects bridging the transition between sixth-form and university. 

Peter is heavily involved in promoting chemistry to young students and members of the public and has fronted the lectures at the department for the Cambridge Science Festival for over 15 years. He was awarded the 2011 President's Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his out-reach activities. He has a keen interest in the history of chemistry and has amassed a significant collection of early works on the subject. Peter presented the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, The Modern Alchemist


The doors will open at approximately 1.30pm, with a prompt start at 2.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.