Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second instalment of a three part BBC documentary series titled “Chemistry: A Volatile History” hosted by Professor Jim Al-Khalili.
In the second episode of this exciting series Professor Al-Khalili looks at the 19th century chemists who struggled to impose an order on the apparently random world of the elements. From working out how many there were to discovering their unique relationships with each other, the early scientists' bid to decode the hidden order of the elements was driven by false starts and bitter disputes. But ultimately the quest would lead to one of chemistry's most beautiful intellectual creations - the periodic table.
Chemistry: A Volatile History Episode 2 - The Order of the Elements