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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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About the Lit&Phil

The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture …

Monday 18th February 2019

The Chemical Cosmos

Dr June McCombie
School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham

Over recent years astronomers have realised that chemistry plays a crucial role in controlling the evolutionary cycle where stars are formed from vast clouds of gas and dust, then age and then die either simply by cooling down or in the spectacular brilliance of an exploding star. With the help of chemists, they have created a new scientific discipline, astrochemistry, which seeks to understand the important role that chemistry has to play in our cosmos.

So, let us take a look at how astrochemists explore a chemically controlled cosmos using the tools of a chemist and an astronomer and the personal journey of one astrochemist into this field of work.

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

The lecture is at 7.30 pm at the New Walk Museum and visitors are welcome at £5, which includes refreshments afterwards.