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Brewing Chemistry - May 15th - Explore the origins of alchemy at the "Magic as Protoscience" talk

Younger Chemists Committee Presents:

An informal monthly lecture series to be held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Traffic Jam & Snug in Detroit
An evening of libations, edible delights and science inquiry
May's Topic: Magic as Protoscience

Presented by:
Dr. Jeffe Boats, Associate Professor of Mathematics Chair of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Software Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy
Ancient symbolisms and pre-scientific reasoning will be revealed in this talk, particularly with regard to the later development of chemistry and other sciences. Dr. Boats will present a historical view of alchemy as it relates to magic, chemistry, and general scientific thought. After the origins of alchemy are explored, he will describe its influences on modern science and fantasy fiction.
Aside from being an avid fan of symbols and their meaning, Boats teaches courses in Mathematics and Math Education, and conducts research in numerous areas of science, most notably an area of mathematics called Graph Theory. His work has applications to circuit design, cryptography, and intelligence/counterintelligence.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 7 PM

There is no admission charge, and free parking is available.
Feel free to join us before the talk at 6:00 PM for a dutch-treat dinner.

Traffic Jam & Snug
511 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201
The Traffic Jam and Snug, established 1965, is known for their in-house bakery, microbrewery, dairy, and made-from-scratch dishes.