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Press Release - 25 September 2008

New programme of free public lectures for autumn

The Large Hadron Collider, the decline in bees and Shakespeare’s sonnets are just some of the subjects that will be discussed in the latest series of free lectures run by the University of Bath.

The series begins on 1 October with a lecture by particle physicist, Dr Glenn Patrick, who will talk about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC at CERN in Geneva is the largest scientific machine in the world. It started operation this summer and aims to produce colossal amounts of data which thousands of scientists around the world will analyse to further our understanding of the Universe.

As part of the next lecture on 8 October, Jane Davis will tell stories about the value of great books in ordinary lives. Jane left school at 16 with two GCSEs but now campaigns for a bigger place in the nation's heart for books and reading. Later in life she returned to education, graduated with a First Class degree in English and spent three years writing a PhD.

The series continues on 15 October with a lecture by writer and photographer Roger Vlitos on Stonehenge and how it was seen in every age from its first appearance in medieval manuscripts to present day.

The fourth lecture, on 22 October, looks at medicines available over-the-counter from pharmacies as well as those available from supermarkets, grocery stores and garages. Trained pharmacist Denise Taylor will discuss readily available medicines and how safe they are.

On 29 October, Reading University research fellow Stuart Roberts will discuss the decline in bees and diversity. The lecture aims to present evidence of both the status and trends of bees, the likely drivers of change and the possible long-term effects.

Shakespeare's sonnets are the subject of the penultimate lecture on 5 November. The Bard’s sonnets represent one of the great literary enigmas, and have given rise to endless speculation and debate. Writer and journalist Nicholas Fogg will shed light on these historical conundrums.

The closing lecture on 12 November by Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, Richard Jones, looks at how we can now manipulate matter at the level of individual atoms and molecules and the possible impact this will have on advances in medicine, energy and information technology.

The lectures are run by the Division for Lifelong Learning at the University of Bath. All lectures are held on Wednesdays, from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in building 8 West 1.1 on the main University campus at Claverton Down.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome to turn up. Free parking is available in the West Car Park.

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