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The Mystery of Matter

Carl Wilhelm Scheele | Discovering Fire Air

Video duration: 1:30Video has closed captioning.

In this extra clip from the film, learn more about the discovery of oxygen. A Swedish apothecary named Carl Wilhelm Scheele was the first to discover the gas he called “fire air," though he didn’t publish his results until after Priestley and Lavoisier.

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 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

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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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