Tuesday 25 January 7.00pm Punchlines: from wit to wisdom Prof Geoffrey Cantor and Dr Jonathan Topham http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=121

Thursday 27 January 7.00pm From Cambridge to catastrophe Sir Christopher Zeeman http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=123

Thursday 3 February 7.00pm The poisonous poet: arsenic and industrial revolution Prof Andrew Meharg http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=129

Wednesday 6 April 7.00pm Milk, medicine and madness: a quack’s progress in Hogarth’s England Lars Tharp http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=144

Wednesday 13 April 7.00pm How I became a boson Prof Peter Higgs http://www.rigb.org/rimain/calendar/detail.jsp?&id=140