Saturday, October 24, The Beacon, 4pm: Why does cooking bacon smell so good? Can cheese really give you bad dreams? Why do onions make you cry? Why do avocados go brown so quickly?
Chemistry teacher Andy Brunning, and creator of the hit blog Compound Interest, is heading to The Beacon, Wantage, to explain the weird science behind our everyday food and drink.
With his new book, aptly titled Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell? Bournemouth-based Brunning tells us why we experience drunkenness and brain freeze, how dye changes the colour of our hair, why chilli peppers are spicy and what makes grapefruit interact with prescription drugs.
Exploring aromas, flavours and taste sensations with stunning infographics and in-depth explanations, Brunning elaborates on all the questions we’ve never thought to answer properly, such as: ‘Do dock leaves really relieve stinging nettle stings?’
Brunning’s book and blog were born out of posters he used to brighten up his classroom and to get students interested different elements in the periodic table.
He hopes the book will be visually engaging and fun to dip in and out of – even for people with a passing interest in chemistry.
After all, chemistry is sexy right now, following the success of American TV’s hottest crime drama Breaking Bad.
But unlike the show’s fictional chemistry teacher Walter White, Brunning keeps his experiments on the right side of the law.
He commented recently: “It’s great that [the TV series has] given a bit of exposure to chemistry, even if it does seem to have left everyone with the impression that chemists all go home and cook meth in their spare time.”
Saturday, October 24. The Beacon, Wantage. 4pm. Ticket: £6
Click here to book online. Online bookings close 22 October.