Happy sesquicentennial to the periodic table

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 9 August

The Theatre

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

This event has already taken place

  • Credit: The Royal Institution


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

The periodic table as first published by Dmitri Mendeleev celebrates 150 years this year. It has become the most important infographic in the whole of science and a cultural icon. Science author and lecturer Eric Scerri will examine the history of the periodic table, how it has changed in the light of discoveries in physics and how it continues to change as new artificial elements are added to it.

About the speaker

Dr Eric Scerri is a chemist, author and leading historian and philosopher of science, specializing in the periodic table of the chemical elements. He is the author of 'The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance' and numerous other books on this and related topics. His writing includes a number of books directed at the general public such as 'A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table', and '30-Second Elements'. He is a frequent contributor to popular science magazines such as Scientific American and New Scientist.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


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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. 

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