Periodic Tales

Aerial photo of four pairs of hands using different handheld smart devices

The chemical elements, the fundamental ingredients of all matter, have fascinated people for centuries. Their stories have been richly described in Hugh Aldersey-Williams’ bestselling book, Periodic Tales, which forms the basis for a major exhibition curated by Compton Verney Art Gallery. 

Hugh Aldersey-Williams will be joined by historian of science Jo Hedesan (Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford) and chemist Peter Battle (Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford) to discuss the ways in which the elements continue to inspire and fascinate us in an event supported by Compton Verney, the Department of Chemistry and TORCH.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome and free to attend. Booking is required, please visit the Eventbrite page to book.


Humanities & Science

Contact name: Hannah Penny

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Audience: Open to all