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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25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
25 March 2007
Dr Daren Caruana – UCL Chemistry
Fire has always captivated the imagination of humans and probably animals too (according to King Louie who wanted to know ‘the secret of Man’s red fire’ in Disney’s production of the ‘Jungle Book’, inspired by Rudyard Kipling). Harnessing the by-products of combustion, fire and heat have actually transformed our lives in innumerable ways; from providing light to jet powered flight. In truth, scientists from many disciplines have also been captivated by the challenge of understanding fire. The earliest recorded investigations by Frances Bacon date back to 1600, but Michael Faraday propelled flames into the limelight when he famously captivated his audience at a Christmas lecture at the Royal Institution called ‘Chemical History of a Candle’ in 1861. However, research on flames and combustion in general, has experienced a lull in recent years. This lecture will explore and present a modern take on flames; in particular the chemistry and the electrical properties of flames.
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