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The Mystery of Matter

Humphry Davy | Davy’s Greatest Failure

Video duration: 5:00

Humphry Davy’s discovery of laughing gas made him famous and led to a new job at the Royal Institution in London, where he dazzled audiences with his popular lectures. But with his attention diverted, Davy failed to follow up on his observation that nitrous oxide could be used for anesthesia, thereby condemning thousands around the world to decades of needless surgical pain.

Episodes of The Mystery of Matter3

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Into the Atom

The Mystery of Matter

Into the Atom

Find out how the creation of a new element changes the world forever.

55:19

Into the Atom

55:19

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Out of Thin Air

The Mystery of Matter

Out of Thin Air

See how Joseph Priestley & Antoine Lavoisier trigger a worldwide search for new elements.

54:20

Out of Thin Air

54:20

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Unruly Elements

The Mystery of Matter

Unruly Elements

Explore how the discovery of radioactivity changed how elements were understood.

53:50

Unruly Elements

53:50

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Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter  Joseph Priestley | A Momentous Encounter

The Mystery of Matter

Joseph Priestley | A Momentous Encounter

See how Priestley’s friendship with Benjamin Franklin led to his own career in science.

3:55

Joseph Priestley | A Momentous Encounter

3:55

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Antoine Lavoisier | Lavoisier’s Better Half

The Mystery of Matter

Antoine Lavoisier | Lavoisier’s Better Half

Meet Marie Anne, Antoine Lavoisier’s young wife and most important collaborator.

4:17

Antoine Lavoisier | Lavoisier’s Better Half

4:17

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Carl Wilhelm Scheele | Discovering Fire Air

The Mystery of Matter

Carl Wilhelm Scheele | Discovering Fire Air

In this bonus clip, hear about a Swedish apothecary's role in the discovery of oxygen.

1:30

Carl Wilhelm Scheele | Discovering Fire Air

1:30

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Dmitri Mendeleev | The Element Mendeleev Never Accepted

The Mystery of Matter

Dmitri Mendeleev | The Element Mendeleev Never Accepted

Discover why radium was the one element whose properties Dmitri Mendeleev never accepted.

4:53

Dmitri Mendeleev | The Element Mendeleev Never Accepted

4:53

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Previews of The Mystery of Matter6

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter First Look | Humphry Davy

The Mystery of Matter

First Look | Humphry Davy

See how Humphry Davy entered the search for new elements with by discovering laughing gas.

First Look | Humphry Davy

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter First Look | Priestley & Lavoisier

The Mystery of Matter

First Look | Priestley & Lavoisier

Watch how the discovery of oxygen by this odd couple triggers the search for new elements.

First Look | Priestley & Lavoisier

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Next on Episode 2 | Dmitri Mendeleev

The Mystery of Matter

Next on Episode 2 | Dmitri Mendeleev

Follow the story of Dmitri Mendeleev's invention of the Periodic Table.

0:31

Next on Episode 2 | Dmitri Mendeleev

0:31

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Next on Episode 2 | Marie Curie

The Mystery of Matter

Next on Episode 2 | Marie Curie

Learn why the discovery of radioactivity shatters the order of the Periodic Table.

Next on Episode 2 | Marie Curie

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