Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
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30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
30 August 2007
Professor Quentin Pankhurst – London Centre for Nanotechnology
From Mesmer and the Age of Enlightenment to the present day, ‘magnetic healing’ has had many colourful champions ready to claim they can magnetise water, wood, air and the human body – at a price. This fascination with ‘animal magnetism’ is understandable given the almost mythical properties of magnets. But is this fact or fiction? What have we learned over the years about how we as human beings interact with these sometimes powerful, always invisible, magnetic fields? In this lecture we will trace the many ways that magnets have been used in healthcare over the centuries, how they are used currently, and prospects for their future use.
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