-196°C: The liquid nitrogen show

6:00pm to 7:15pm, Friday 10 August

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • The wondrous world of liquid nitrogen!

    Credit: Andrew Hanson and Smritee Paul
  • A rubber duck comes to an unfortunate end at the hands of liquid nitrogen!

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • Type

  • Audience

    Ages 7+


Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

Join a typical family at the dining table as they explore the cool and unusual science of Liquid Nitrogen. By using many litres of liquid nitrogen, balloons, tennis balls and more will be destroyed all in the name of investigating the weird and exciting ways things behave at -196°C. Sure to be a cool evening for a hot summers night!

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.

About the Speakers

The Hanson family comprises Sharmila, a secondary science teacher, her husband Andrew who runs outreach activities at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), and their daughter Saskia who has an ambition to be a palaeontologist. All three are passionate about bringing science to life through workshops, movies and demonstration lectures. Their work, including a movie about water rockets has won various prizes and the liquid nitrogen show - jointly developed by the family - has entertained and educated audiences in schools, theatres and festivals whilst raising thousands of pounds for charity. 


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

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