Elements Of Surprise

Adam Hart-davis on the stories behind the discovery of four elements.

Episodes

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0101The Story Of Quicksilver2001073120020313Adam Hart-davis on the stories behind the discovery of four elements.

He uncovers a fiendish murder at the Tower of London as he tells the story of the magical and monstrous element mercury.

0102The Core Of Life2001080720020320He investigates carbon.

Adam Hart-davis on the stories behind the discovery of four elements.

0103The Legend Of Devil's Copper2001081420020327Adam Hart-davis on the stories behind the discovery of four elements.

He tells the story of nickel, which has come to dominate industry, medicine and the home.

0104 LASTOxygen's Poisonous Life Force2001082120020403Adam Hart-davis on the stories behind the discovery of four elements.

He tells how oxygen was first isolated by three chemists, in three different countries, at the same time.