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The Mystery of Matter 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. The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on August 19, 2015. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon online.

1 Season, 3 Episodes
August 19, 2015
Cast: Michael Emerson
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The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements Full Episode Guide

  • Caught up in the race to discover the atom's internal parts--and learn how they fit together--is a young British physicist named Harry Moseley, who uses newly discovered X-rays to put the Periodic Table in a whole new light. And a young American chemist named Glenn Seaborg creates a new element--plutonium--that changes the world forever, unleashing a force of unimaginable destructive power: the atomic bomb.

  • Over a single weekend in 1869, a young Russian chemistry professor named Dmitri Mendeleev invents the Periodic Table, bringing order to the growing gaggle of elements. But this sense of order is shattered when a Polish graduate student named Marie Sklodowska Curie discovers radioactivity, revealing that elements can change identities-- and that atoms must have undiscovered parts inside them.

  • One of science's great odd couples--British minister Joseph Priestley and French tax administrator Antoine Lavoisier--together discover a fantastic new gas called oxygen, overturning the reigning theory of chemistry and triggering a worldwide search for new elements.