Chemistry - A Volatile History

Discovering the Elements

Series 1 - Episode 1 Discovering the Elements



Professor of Theoretical Physics Jim Al-Khalili follows in the footsteps of the pioneers who discovered and mapped the elements, examining why the belief that there were only four of them - earth, fire, air and water - lasted until the 19th century. He also investigates the rivalries that dogged scientific progress and explores how new approaches to splitting matter created the science of chemistry.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Jim Al-Khalili
Director Jon Stephens
Executive Producer Sacha Baveystock
Producer Jon Stephens
Series Producer Helen Thomas