Four talks by two experts on different aspects of science:
The Magic of Colour Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us and comforts us. How do we measure a human perception which is incredibly versatile and variable? The challenge is enormous, and human colour perception science is a lively topic today. Be warned! This talk will contain surprises – there’s more to colour than meets the eye.
Electronic Music Park your prejudices and have fun listening to bizarre stories from the development of this art form.
Poisons This talk examines poisons popularised by crime writers and real-life assassins, with a potted history of classic poisons, poisoners and their victims. We also find out how these chemicals do their deadly work inside the body.
Dying to be Beautiful A look at some of the stranger and more dangerous fashion trends in history: how toxic and corrosive substances have been applied, swallowed and injected in search of the perfect complexion.
• Morning speaker Andrew Hanson has been measuring colour professionally for 25 years, from evaluating the appearance of ornamental plants to building the world’s first national standards telespectroradiometer to calibrate the colour of visual display units and a machine to measure the shininess of cats. He is currently outreach manager and Occasional Senior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s national measurement institute, and is past chair of the Colour Group of Great Britain.
• Speaker Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed more than hours slaving over a hot fume hood. Her first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts. Her most recent book, Vampirology: The Science of Horror’s Most Famous Fiend, was published June 2021.
Cost: £12 (£15 to non-members) or £5 for virtual attendance online via Zoom