The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

Aug 19, 2015

Wed. Aug. 19 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | 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.

Join Emmy-winner Michael Emerson to see not only what scientific explorers discovered, but also how. The scientific quest to understand what the world is made of is chronicled in this series, The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements, which spotlights the scientists behind major discoveries and also explains what led to the discoveries.

First up: the discovery of oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier in Out of Thin Air (1754-1806). Also: chemist Humphry Davy, whose showmanship dazzles London audiences.

Tags: