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Classic Kit Number Seventy Something: Lichtenberg’s Figures

I have to tell you that I’ve been thinking about printers of late. I know. This risks being one of the most boring posts of all time, but humour me and read on. I’ve been thinking of printers in part … Continue reading

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A Short Video about Tin for Wellcome Elements 2012


In preparation for the hi-jinks on June 22nd at the Wellcome Collection, here’s a short brain dump of why I think tin, element number 50, is one of the most remarkable elements around.

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Wellcome Elements – Gold Silver Copper and Tin

It’s 2012 and Hugh Aldersey-Williams and I have been co-curating another unique one night only event at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road London on Friday 22 June 2012 from 7 – 11 pm. If the last two metals don’t immediately … Continue reading

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A hideous reminder of our mortality…..

Demonstrations have been my thing for a long time. I’ve done scores of different ones – quiet ones, loud ones, small ones, big ones, smelly ones, coloured ones.  You name it. But all most people remember are the fiery ones. … Continue reading

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Demonstrating the irresponsible

I recently watched one of the better known chemistry demonstration shows, which, I confess left me in part underwhelmed, but also rather appalled. Part way through the lecture the famous SF6 floating boat demo was carried out. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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How to make chemistry look dumb

This was published in Education in Chemistry in March 2010  http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2010Mar/Endpoint.asp) Friends of mine who teach biology, economics, or history have often expressed envy at the wonderful toys we chemists have to play with. How easy it must be, they … Continue reading

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