How Chemistry Changed The First World War

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How Chemistry Changed The First World War

Post by poi » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Hi Sad Muppet Society!

I hope this message finds you well. I wondered if anyone from the society would be interested in a talk on How Chemistry Changed The First World War, taking place at Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Thursday 7 March? I don't think chemical warfare is permitted in wargaming but thought some people from the society might have a general interest in warfare! Any help in forwarding this message to friends/colleagues would be massively appreciated.
Basingstoke Discovery Centre 2:00pm Thursday 07 Mar 2013
Author Michael Freemantle will be talking about his latest book - Gas! GAS! Quick, Boys! How Chemistry Changed The First World War.

Discover how chemistry underpinned military strategy and determined the shape, duration and outcome of the First World War. Chemistry was not only a destructive instrument of war but also protected troops, and healed the sick and wounded.

From bullets to bombs, poison gases to anaesthetics, khaki to cordite, chemistry was truly the alchemy of the First World War:
in the trenches
in the casualty clearing stations and military hospitals
in the tunnelling operations
in the air and at sea.
Answers to questions such as: What is guncotton? What is lyddite? What is mustard gas? What is phosgene? What is gunmetal?

From the chemistry of shells, high explosives, incendiaries, khaki dyes, and life-saving medicines, he paints a picture of the horrors of the 'Chemists' War'.

Dr Michael Freemantle a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, was Senior Correspondent for Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society and has also been Science Writer in Residence at Queen s University, Belfast. He has written numerous books and articles on chemistry and the history of chemistry and for many years has been fascinated with the history of the First World War.

Book in person at the Discovery Centre or by phone on 01256 478670
Advance booking essential
Cost: £3

Many thanks,

Steven Hunt
Service Development Manager
Basingstoke & Winchester Discovery Centres


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