Gods, devils & alcohol

Date & time

5–6pm 11 September 2013


Chemistry Theatre 1, Arthur Hambly Building #34, Acton Campus


Dr Peter Wothers, Cambridge University


 Mark Ellison

Their influence in chemical nomenclature
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 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!
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited arrive early to avoid disappointment. Audience Adults only (Years 11, 12 and above).

Updated:  25 June 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSC/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSC