UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Keep the Candle Burning

24 November 2015

Michael Faraday

A re-enactment of Michael Faraday's Christmas Lectures

Wednesday 9 December 2015

18:30 - 19:30

Christopher Ingold XLG2 Auditorium

20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ

Free event - no booking necessary

Michael Faraday's 'Chemical History of a Candle' was a series of Christmas lectures that he delivered three times at the Royal Institution.  The final series (1860-61) was published and become one of the best selling science books ever, still in print in English and translated into many other languages. This lecture, delivered in period costume, including live experimental demonstrations of candles, perhaps with explosions, explores why Faraday's lectures remain as relevant today as in the nineteenth century, and thus provide an exemplar of communicating science. 

Join us to experience a Victorian extravaganza with Professor Frank James, Professor Steve Miller, Mr Oliver Marsh, Ms Hattie Lloyd and Ms Katherine Cecil.

'Science and Society' is a regular series of events organised by UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies as part of our public programmes. 

Image: Faraday delivering a Christmas lecture in 1855-56 season by Alexander Blaikley.  Courtesy of the Royal Institution