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Mysteries of Matter : Chemistry and the Elements, from Hennig Brandt to Humphry Davy / BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Other author/creatorBBC Worldwide Ltd.
Other author/creatorFilms for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Other author/creatorFilms Media Group.
Format Electronic and Video (Streaming)
Publication InfoNew York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], ©2010.
Description1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sound, color, digital file.
Supplemental Content Part of the Films on Demand collection
Subject(s)
Portion of title Chemistry and the Elements, from Hennig Brandt to Humphry Davy
Series Elements: Making Sense of Matter
Elements, Making Sense of Matter. UNAUTHORIZED
Contents Chemistry of Life: Overview (4:09) -- Brandt's Isolation of Phosphorus from Urine (6:32) -- Robert Boyle's Experiments with Phosphorus (6:06) -- Johann Becher's Phlogiston Theory (2:36) -- Cavendish's Isolation of Hydrogen from Zinc and Hydrochloric Acid (6:32) -- Joseph Priestley's Work with Carbon Dioxide (6:53) -- Lavoisier's Isolation of Oxygen from Mercuric Oxide (6:04) -- Chemistry: Empirical Science (3:34) -- Davy's Isolation of Potassium from Potash (7:48) -- Credits: Mysteries of Matter: Chemistry and the Elements, from Hennig Brandt to Humphry Davy (0:37)
Abstract Until the 17th century, the building blocks of the natural world were a mystery. Of elements there were believed to be four - air, earth, fire, and water - and the science of chemistry had yet to be born. This program identifies some of the first chemical elements to be discovered by spotlighting the work of Hennig Brandt, Robert Boyle, Henry Cavendish, Joseph Priestly, Antoine Lavoisier, and Humphry Davy. Experiments re-created in the video include Brandt's isolation of phosphorus from urine, Cavendish's isolation of hydrogen from zinc and hydrochloric acid, Lavoisier's isolation of oxygen from mercuric oxide, Davy's isolation of potassium from potash, and more. Johann Becher's Phlogiston Theory - arguably the most colossal error in chemistry history - is discussed as well.
General noteFilms on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
General noteEncoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2010.
Access restrictionAccess requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Interest grade level 9 & up.
Technical detailsSystem requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical detailsMode of access: Internet.
LanguageClosed-captioned.
Source of descriptionTitle from distributor's description.
Issued in other formOriginally produced: Mysteries of Matter BBC Worldwide Ltd., 2010.
Genre/formEducational films.
Genre/formInternet videos.
Genre/formVideorecording.
Publisher number42082s Films Media Group
Publisher number42083 Films Media Group

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