Every year at Christmas a course of science lectures for young people is given at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street, London. These Christmas Juvenile Lectures are a long‐established and well‐known feature of the Christmas holidays, competing for popularity with the pantomimes, circuses, and other entertainments of the season. They are intended for boys and girls at school, the sons and daughters of members of the Institution and of those of the public who are fortunate enough to obtain tickets. The historic lecture theatre of the Institution is always crowded, and it is seldom that there is enough accommodation for all those who wish to come. The large and appreciative audience at the course recently given (Christmas 1947) by Professor E. K. Rideal, on “Chemical Reactions: How They Work,” the one hundred and eighteenth in the series, is evidence of the fact that the lectures have lost none of their popularity.

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