Stories from the 19th and 20th centuries about chemistry's central role in contemporary culture
Thursday, 3 May 2012, 6.30 - 8.30pm
The Chemistry Centre, London, W1J 0BA
The German chemist Hermann Kopp once suggested that the way to achieve immortality was through the history of chemistry. Yet many chemists are indifferent to chemistry's past and see their interest solely in terms of pushing boundaries forward.
Professor Bill Brock's lecture will use stories from the history of 19th and 20th century chemistry contained in his book The Case of the Poisonous Socks, as well as others from his writings, to discuss why the history of chemistry remains an important resource for practising chemists and science teachers, as well as a way to provide laypersons with an understanding of the subject's central role in contemporary culture.
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