Science Cafe: 'From lodestone to hard-drives: insights into magnetism' Speaker: Dr Chris Bell, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Physics, Bristol University.Magnetism crops up all over the place – in physics, chemistry and biology. But what is it? What makes something magnetic? In what ways can we use this strange property?Dr Bell will review the history of our understanding and use of magnetism and give some insights into what it is. Space permitting, we may have a demonstration or two! Science CaféExplore the latest ideas in science and technology in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, whilst quenching your thirst with the Tobacco Factory’s finest beverages. Meetings are free and open to anyone with an interest in science and technology, subjects which have a profound impact on all of our everyday lives. The format is simple: The invited speaker gives a short introduction to the evening’s topic, we take a break for refreshments and pondering, followed by an hour of questions and discussion. Everyone is welcome to ask a question or make a comment, and this is a fantastic opportunity to debate and contemplate often-controversial issues with leading experts in their field. Café topics cover a broad range of cutting-edge scientific research and ideas from different disciplines. Check the list of Science Cafe events for upcoming cafés. You don’t need to be a scientist to enjoy the evening! Just come with an open and enquiring mind (and some spare change for a drink). Booking for this event has now closed.