Chemistry: A Volatile History, a science docutrio by the renowned British theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili about how chemists made discoveries which changed the way we live forever.
Chemistry is the study of how elements behave and with those being the building blocks which make up what we see this area of science has made huge contributions to our understanding of the world. In this documentary series, Jim takes us through the history of how some of the most significant discoveries in chemistry were made. Without those brilliant minds, it is likely that we would have a much weaker understanding of the world.
The first part takes us back to when we first discovered elements titled "Discovering the Elements". Part 2 titled "The Order of the Elements" explores how scientists arrange the elements in order by decoding what they were made from which would ultimately lead to the periodic table. The final part of "Chemistry: A Volatile History" titled "The Power of the Elements" examines how we have stood on the shoulders of giants to truly harness the power of the elements.