STAR Lecture 2013 - The Modern Alchemist

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When medieval alchemists staged spectacular stunts in front of royalty they never revealed the secrets of their mystical potions and fire-breathing creations. Today's chemists can perform equally impressive feats, but they do so to explain and explore the extreme frontiers of our material world. Dr Peter Wothers is the Modern Alchemist. In 2012 Christmas Lectures, he unpicked the chemistry of the world around us - looking at Air, Water, Fire and Earth - the original ancient Greek 'elements' that tantalised alchemists for centuries. Dr Peter Wothers is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is involved with a number of projects bridging the transition between sixth-form and university. For over ten years he has been involved with the International Chemistry Olympiad. He has authored a number of popular textbooks, and is heavily involved in promoting chemistry to young students and members of the public for which he was awarded the 2011 President's Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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