|In 1826 Michael Faraday inaugurated the Christmas Lectures for young
people at the Royal Institution, Albemarle St, London. Apart from a few, the delivery of
which was prevented by WWII, the lectures have been running ever since.
One of the most famous of these lectures was on The Chemical History of a Candle, given by Faraday in 1860. Actually a series of six talks, the breadth of interest and the variety of observations and phenomena which Faraday brings in to the subject remain astonishing a century and a half later. The note-taking was by (Sir) William Crookes, co-discoverer of the element Thallium.
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