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Lecture proves levitation isn’t just science fiction

No longer confined to the pages of a science fiction novel, a dramatic demonstration in the science of levitation will be given at the University of St Andrews in a public lecture on Thursday 3rd September.

Professor Ludwig Schultz of IFW Dresden in Germany will be giving his world famous lecture entitled Riding on Magnetic fields – the Miraculous World of Superconductivity.

Organiser Professor Andy Mackenzie of the School of Physics said, “The lecture is world famous due to the most memorable demonstrations of levitation that I think any of us will ever see.”

The Scientific Director of IFW Dresden, Professor Schultz is a world expert in superconductors, levitation systems, metallic materials and magnetism and has published over 700 scientific papers.

Professor Mackenzie continued, “I have had no hesitation in recommending his remarkable talk, which I have seen on film but never ‘live’.  This is a great opportunity, and I thoroughly recommend anyone with an interest in science to come along.”

The public lecture will take place this Thursday 3rd September at 4.30 pm in Theatre B, Chemistry Building, North Haugh, St Andrews. All are welcome to attend.



Andy Mackenzie is available for interview on 01334 463108


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