"The Mystery of Matter: The Search for the Elements" Re-enacts the Quest to Understand What the World is Made Of

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15 August 2015
The Mystery of Matter: The Search for the Elements
"The Mystery of Matter: The Search for the Elements"
Premieres Wednesday, August 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on PBS

          The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting PBS series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what the world is made of—to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. Three hour-long episodes introduce viewers to some of history’s most extraordinary scientists:
  •  Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen—and radical interpretation of it—led to the modern science of chemistry
  •  Humphry Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements
  •  Dmitri Mendeleev, whose Periodic Table brought order to the growing gaggle of elements
  •   Marie Curie, whose groundbreaking research on radioactivity cracked open a window into the atom
  •  Harry Moseley, whose discovery of atomic number redefined the Periodic Table
  •  Glenn Seaborg, whose discovery of plutonium opened up a whole new realm of elements, still being explored today.
       The Mystery of Matter shows us not only what these scientific explorers discovered but also how, using Broadway-caliber actors to reveal the creative process through the scientists’ own words, and conveying their landmark discoveries through re-enactments shot with working replicas of their original lab equipment. Knitting these strands together into a coherent, entertaining whole is host Michael Emerson, a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor.
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