Dr Peter Wothers Seminar

Date & time

5–6pm 12 September 2012


Arthur Hambly Lecture Theatre, Building 34


Dr Peter Wothers


 Dr Mal McLeod

Wednesday 12th September: Dr Peter Wothers, Cambridge University, will present a Research Lecture entitled Gods Devils and Alcohol. Arthur Hambly Lecture Theatre, Building 34, 5PM.
This lively lecture, based around the composition of everyday shampoo, explores the often-convoluted history behind the names of the chemical 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 humankind 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!

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