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Angels and Demons: The Real Physics

6 May 2009

!Please note! The lecture is now fully booked! The real physics behind the new Dan Brown film, Angels and Demons, will be discussed at an evening lecture at University College London on Thursday 21 May 2009.

In this film sequel to The Da Vinci Code, a bomb using anti-matter produced at the particle physics laboratory CERN, is used to terrorize the Vatican. Is such a bomb viable and how does it compare with conventional and nuclear devices?

Angels and Demons also proposes anti-matter as a source of electrical power. Is this technically possible?

These and other questions will be explored by Dr Robert Flack of the UCL Institute of Origins, who will also explain how anti-matter is used in the real world, including for more peaceful purposes such as medicinal and fundamental physics research.

Do you have any questions on the physics of the film? Come along and we will try to answer them!

The film Angels and Demons is due to open worldwide on Friday 15 May 2009.

Notes for Editors

1. To book a seat for the event, please email ANGELSandDEMONS@ucl.ac.uk. Admission is free but on first-come, first-served basis.

2. The lecture will be held in the Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, South Wing, Main Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. The lecture begins at 7.00 pm on Thursday 21 May 2009.

3. Journalists seeking more information can contact Jenny Gimpel in the UCL Media Relations Office on tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9726, mobile: +44 (0)7747 565 056, out of hours +44 (0)7917 271 364, e-mail: j.gimpel@ucl.ac.uk.