Discovering the Elements

The explosive story of chemistry is the story of the building blocks that make up our entire world – the elements. From fiery phosphorous to the pure, untarnished lustre of gold and the dazzle of violent, violet potassium, everything is made of elements – the earth we walk on, the air we breathe, even us. For centuries this world was largely unknown and completely misunderstood.

In this three-part series (BBC 2015), which here follow after each other, professor of theoretical physics Jim Al-Khalili traces the extraordinary story of how the elements were discovered and mapped. He follows in the footsteps of the pioneers who cracked their secrets and created a new science, propelling us into the modern age.

Just 92 elements made up the world, but the belief that there were only four – earth, fire, air, and water – persisted until the 19th century. Professor Al-Khalili retraces the footsteps of the alchemists who began to question the notion of the elements in their search for the secret of everlasting life.

The Beginning of Everything: The Big Bang

Has the universe a beginning or was it here since forever? Well, evidence suggests that there was indeed a starting point to this universe we are part of right now. But how can this be? How can something come from nothing? And what about time? We don’t have all the answers yet so let’s talk about what we know.

Crash Course Physics

The “Crash Course Physics” (2016) consists of eight short episodes presented by the charming Dr. Shini Somara, who got her doctorate in engineering at Brunel University (London) by the age of 24. We get a brief introduction to motion, calculus (derivatives, integrals, and vectors), Newton’s laws, friction, uniform circular motion, and Newtonian gravity.

100 Greatest Discoveries in Physics

This episode of “100 Greatest Discoveries” (2004 TV Mini-Series) recounts thirteen important discoveries in physics, including Galileo’s law of falling bodies, Isaac Newton’s laws of motion, and Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Film Duration: 44 min.