Science Group News

Ten members of the Science group went to RAL Harwell for the October lecture entitled ‘A is for Arsenic; The Poisons of Agatha Christie’.

Dr Kathryn Harkup gave us an extremely entertaining talk about the main poisons used in Agatha Christie’s murder novels.

They are mainly Arsenic, Strychnine, Phosphorus and Cyanide.

Agatha Christie trained as a nurse during WW1, but then changed to drug dispensing, which gave her the knowledge she needed to use poisons as her choice of murder weapon in her novels, which she started writing in her spare time.

At times the talk was gruesome, but there were many laughs as well, and was very enjoyable.


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