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Science lectures go with a bang

Children at the Museum of Natural History
The hope is to persuade more pupils to become scientists

Hundreds of children from Oxfordshire have been exploring the world of science at the Natural History Museum.

Oxford University's annual science lectures aim to entertain and inspire young people.

Pupils will find out about the best tactics needed to survive on a game show, how to make things go bang in chemistry experiments and how natural history programmes are made.

The teenagers will also use a Christmas quiz to learn more about the museum.

The first of a series of three lectures started with Professor Marcus du Sautoy showing how maths can be used to optimise the chances of success in games.

The professor also demonstrated how the economy, the law courts and human relationships are what he called "one big game".

Dr Hugh Cartwright and Dr Malcolm Stewart present The Cool and Crazy Chemistry Show this Thursday.

The final lecture on Friday will be given by Dr George McGavin, a lecturer, television presenter and explorer who has recently appeared in The Lost Land of the Jaguar on BBC One.

He will be sharing tales of his TV experiences alongside his fascination for the world of bugs.



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