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18:30 - 19:30 11 December 2014

Keep the candle burning: A re-enactment of Michael Faraday's Christmas Lectures


XLG2 Auditorium | Christopher Ingold Building (link Map)
20 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AJ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Frank James, Speaker, Royal Institution and UCL
Professor Steve Miller, Speaker, UCL
Mr Oliver Marsh, Assistant, UCL

Michael Faraday’s ‘Chemical History of a Candle’ was a series of Christmas lectures that he delivered three times at the Royal Institution. The final series (1860-61) was published and became one of the best selling science books ever, still in print in English and translated into many other languages. This lecture, delivered in period costume, including live experimental demonstrations of candles, perhaps with explosions, explores why Faraday’s lectures remain as relevant today as in the nineteenth century, and thus provide an exemplar of communicating science.

Image - Faraday delivering a Christmas lecture in the 1855-56 season by Alexander Blaikley. Courtesy of the Royal Institution.


Carole Reeves
+44 (0)20 7679 3160 | c.reeves@ucl.ac.uk


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