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The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting PBS 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—to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. Three hour-long episodes introduce viewers to some of history's most extraordinary scientists: Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen—and radical interpretation of it—led to the modern science of chemistry; Humphry Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, whose Periodic Table brought order to the growing gaggle of elements; Marie Curie, whose groundbreaking research on radioactivity cracked open a window into the atom; Harry Moseley, whose discovery of atomic number redefined the Periodic Table; and Glenn Seaborg, whose discovery of plutonium opened up a whole new realm of elements, still being explored today.

Show Info

Network: United States PBS (2015 - 2015)
Schedule: Wednesdays at 20:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: History
Episodes ordered: 3 episodes

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Previous Episode

Into the Atom (1910-1960)

Episode 1x03; Aug 19, 2015

Caught up in the race to discover the atom's internal parts, Harry Moseley uses newly discovered X-rays to put the Periodic Table in a whole new light. Glenn Seaborg creates a new element-plutonium-that changes the world forever.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: Into the Atom (1910-1960)Aug 19, 2015
1x02: Unruly Elements (1859-1902)Aug 19, 2015
1x01: Out of Thin Air (1754-1806)Aug 19, 2015
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