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Drinking up time: science and alcohol since the seventeenth century

28 Oct 2010

Manchester Science Festival event on Friday 29 October

Another chance to catch this light-headed blend of facts and falsehoods developed by James Sumner of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

The improbable story of an everyday time-traveller's attempt to get to grips with the science of alcohol since the seventeenth century played to a packed room at last year's Manchester Science Festival, and has since appeared at the British Science Festival in Birmingham.

Probably the first public event ever to feature a tavern scuffle with Sir Isaac Newton, plus Humphry Davy's courtroom testimony on the value of putting rotten fish in beer.

Full details of the event online at:

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