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Gods, Devils and Alcohol

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Andrea Chlebikova.

Dr Peter Wothers, a well-known lecturer and the author of several books, is our first speaker for the term! Here is an abstract of what you can look forward to:

“This lively lecture, based around the composition of everyday shampoo, explores the often-convoluted history behind the names of the ingredients. What connects a urinating camel to a spiral fossil? What was the significance of a birthing rat? How did Egyptian eyeliner end up making us drunk, but amethyst kept us sober? In which brands of shampoo can you find “Fooles Bolloxe!”and “beaver testicles”? Under the surface of the dry, impenetrable code understood only by the initiated, the language of the chemist contains a fascinating insight into the ideas and achievements of mankind through the ages from astrology to zoology. This lecture guarantees you will never look at a bottle of shampoo in quite the same way again!”

The talk will be in the Pfizer Lecture Theatre, the easiest access is from the main car park entrance to the Department.

The event is free and open to anyone, and there will be wine and refreshements!

This talk is part of the ChemSoc - Cambridge Chemistry Society series.

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