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10th October 2003 at 01:00
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OCTOBER 14 AND 16

JOHN DALTON BICENTENARY ATOMIC THEORY LECTURES

John Dalton (1793-1844), Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society's president for 28 years, delivered a paper to the Society in October 1803 which included the first account of the table of atomic weights. For his bicentenary, the society has arranged two schools' lectures, one for young people by Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel chemistry prize winner, and the other for primary pupils by science and maths roadshow creator Johnny Ball.

Respective venues: Town Hall, Manchester, 7pm, and Salford University, 7pm.

Admission free but by ticket only.

Tel: 0161 247 6774 Email: admin@manlitphil.co.uk

OCTOBER 23, JANUARY 29, MARCH 18

MIND TEASING LECTURE SERIES

Carol Vorderman has donated a scanned image of her brain for these lectures. It will allow researchers to identify reasons why she has a head for figures and help show whether people are born with a genetic ability to be an artist or scientist. Dynamic neurophysiologist Dr Mark Lythgoe is giving the lectures at the London Science Museum, Bristol Museum and Glasgow Science Centre. They are accompanied by an exhibition of winning images from the Visions of Science Photographic Awards programme. Tickets: pound;5 from TicketselectTel: 0870 8905501 www.visions-of-science.co.uk

SELECTED DATES IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 21

GENETIC FUTURES

To mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, three gene-related activities activities - Gene Talk, Gene Play and Gene Dreams - are on offer to 14 to 16-year-olds at events in Norwich, Wrexham, Belfast, Canterbury and Glasgow. Additionally, a national event takes place at The Royal Society, London W1, November 21. Julie Jordan, Centre for Science EducationTel: 0114 225 4880 www.shu.ac.ukcsednaevents

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