The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting three-part series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long and continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Three hour-long episodes tell the story of seven of history’s most important scientists as they seek to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. Emmy winner Michael Emerson hosts.Visit The Mystery of Matter Website
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See how Priestley’s friendship with Benjamin Franklin led to his own career in science.
Meet Marie Anne, Antoine Lavoisier’s young wife and most important collaborator.
In this bonus clip, hear about a Swedish apothecary's role in the discovery of oxygen.
Discover why radium was the one element whose properties Dmitri Mendeleev never accepted.
Explore how a young Berkeley chemistry instructor created the element that ended WWII.
Find out how Harry Moseley’s death in World War I changed the role of scientists in war.
Learn about Humphry Davy's discovery of laughing gas and its painkilling effects.
View how radium’s ability to glow in the dark inspired a wave of dubious products.
Learn how Glenn Seaborg created a new element that changes the world.
Follow the story of Dmitri Mendeleev's invention of the Periodic Table.
Learn why the discovery of radioactivity shatters the order of the Periodic Table.
See how Humphry Davy entered the search for new elements with by discovering laughing gas.
Watch how the discovery of oxygen by this odd couple triggers the search for new elements.
Journey through the history of science on a quest to understand matter.