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The Mystery of Matter

First Look | Humphry Davy

See how the discovery of oxygen by one of science’s great odd couples — Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier — triggers a worldwide search for new elements. Soon caught up in the hunt is chemist Humphry Davy, whose showmanship dazzles London audiences.

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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Clips of The Mystery of Matter8

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

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Glenn Seaborg | A Chemist Goes to War

The Mystery of Matter

Glenn Seaborg | A Chemist Goes to War

Explore how a young Berkeley chemistry instructor created the element that ended WWII.

Glenn Seaborg | A Chemist Goes to War

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Harry Moseley | Changing the Role of Scientists in War

The Mystery of Matter

Harry Moseley | Changing the Role of Scientists in War

Find out how Harry Moseley’s death in World War I changed the role of scientists in war.

Harry Moseley | Changing the Role of Scientists in War

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Humphry Davy | Davy’s Greatest Failure

The Mystery of Matter

Humphry Davy | Davy’s Greatest Failure

Learn about Humphry Davy's discovery of laughing gas and its painkilling effects.

5:00

Humphry Davy | Davy’s Greatest Failure

5:00

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Marie Curie | The Radium Craze

The Mystery of Matter

Marie Curie | The Radium Craze

View how radium’s ability to glow in the dark inspired a wave of dubious products.

Marie Curie | The Radium Craze

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Previews of The Mystery of Matter6

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

Video thumbnail: The Mystery of Matter Next on Episode 3 | Glenn Seaborg

The Mystery of Matter

Next on Episode 3 | Glenn Seaborg

Learn how Glenn Seaborg created a new element that changes the world.

0:31

Next on Episode 3 | Glenn Seaborg

0:31

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